It’s official: Aquatica Orlando park is becoming the world’s first water park to be credentialed for visitors with autism and we’ve got all of the details that you need to know right here.
According to People, the park, which is part of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment (and one of the coolest attractions in the Central Florida area), features a quiet room and low sensory area for guests. IBCCES, which also has certification programs involving disorders like anxiety and dyslexia, trained the majority of Aquatica employees who interact with guests to have a thorough understanding of autism. It is a developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. While treatment can help, the condition can’t be cured. It is estimated that 25 to 50 percent of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder never develop spoken language beyond a few words or utterances.
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Employees at Aquatica Orlando underwent autism sensitivity and awareness training to help them talk with families and people with autism. They must undergo training every two years to keep the certification that’s through International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.
“Guests will also be provided with specific information about attractions and experiences along with in-park accommodations to help them plan their day and make informed choices best suited to their individual needs,” the company said in a press release.
That's not all: parents and their children can also use a quiet room inside the park with adjustable lighting to take a break throughout their stay, the press release added.
And yes, there’s more: the park will also offer resources for pre-visit planning as well as sensory guides providing information on how individuals with any sensory-processing difficulties might be affected by different attractions. It sounds like Aquatica is doing everything they can to make sure that families enjoy all of the great attractions that the park has to offer while make their stay as accommodating as possible. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right?
Luckily, more and more parks are becoming family and autism friendly. Another SeaWorld-owned property, Sesame Place, became the world's first certified autism center theme park last April.
While Autism has a strong genetic basis, although the genetics of autism is complex and it is whether autism spectrum disorder is explained more by multigene interactions or by rare mutations with major effects.