Feb 22, 2020, Orlando Weekly: Six Flags becomes first theme park chain to make all locations Certified Autism Centers https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2020/02/22/six-flags-becomes-first-theme-park-chain-to-make-all-locations-certified-autism-centers Along with an increase in understanding of autism, and how to address the needs of guests on the spectrum, Six Flags has become the first chain to have every location designated an Certified Autism Center. As the world's largest regional theme park company, the designation means more than two dozen North American theme parks are now certified centers, with multiple tools usable for people with autism and their companions. … …The certification was created in response to the overused and unclear term "autism-friendly." As with all certified centers, 80 percent of guest-facing staff at Six Flags parks will be required to complete training designed by IBCCES, which includes segments on understanding the autism spectrum, communication strategies and safety. Every attraction will have sensory guides which guests can use to make informed decisions about what to expect on rides. Culinary options will be expanded to meet dietary needs, including gluten-free options. Special in-park spaces for guests with sensory needs provide a place to relax in a less stimulating environment. Six Flags will also provide IBCCES Accessibility Cards, which are "designed to help individuals with cognitive or physical disorders identify and receive helpful accommodations at certified attractions worldwide." Six Flags is the first amusement park company to use the cards chain-wide. … Other travel companies, from Marriott and Beaches, have worked with IBCCES to develop programs beyond the primary certification, creating the Advanced Certified Autism Center program that requires even more training and on-site tools for guests. Marriott's Springhill Suites and Fairfield Inn across from SeaWorld Orlando were two of the first hotels in Central Florida to become Certified Autism Centers. … Six Flags has confirmed that all of their parks will be certified by this spring. "Creating family memories and recreation are essential for both individuals with ASD and their families as a whole," said Shore, in response to the news.
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