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Orlando, FL: Aquatica Orlando "first water park in the world" to be "certified autism center"

Jan 24, 2019, PEOPLE: Aquatica Orlando Becomes the First Autism-Certified Water Park in the World https://people.com/parents/aquatica-orlando-first-autism-certified-waterpark/ The movement for inclusiveness is spreading among amusement parks, as Aquatica Orlando in Florida has joined Sesame Place in becoming a certified autism center — making it the first water park in the world to do so. Their accreditation was complete on Jan. 8, after collaborating with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to complete the special certification. The process required staff-wide training in autism sensitivity and awareness, alongside a review of the park’s property and guest experience. “We continually strive to create safe and meaningful experiences for all of our guests,” Vice President of Aquatica Orlando David Heaton said in a press release. “We are committed in our efforts to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs.”