News / Wa­ter park puts on pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for autis­tic

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - Gia Nts 56 Bradford Bulls 12 -

A POP­U­LAR wa­ter park has be­come the first in the world to train all its staff in how to sup­port vis­i­tors with autism.

Aquat­ica Or­lando is now of­fi­cially a ‘Cer­ti­fied Autism Cen­tre’ after ev­ery mem­ber of staff took part in autism sen­si­tiv­ity and aware­ness train­ing.

Un­der the guid­ance of the In­ter­na­tional Board of Cre­den­tial­ing and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Stan­dards

(IBCCES), the park has also un­der­gone a re­view to make sure all guests with autism have a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

It fol­lows its sis­ter park Se­same Place, which be­came the world’s first cer­ti­fied autism cen­tre theme park last April.

As well as con­tin­u­ally train­ing staff, the park will make sure all vis­i­tors have all the in­for­ma­tion they need to plan a visit ac­cord­ing to their needs.

David Heaton, vice pres­i­dent of Aquat­ica Or­lando, said: “As the first wa­ter park in the world to com­plete the train­ing and be­come a Cer­ti­fied Autism Cen­ter, Aquat­ica Or­lando is proud to pro­vide fun and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences through ex­cep­tional ser­vice.

“We con­tin­u­ally strive to cre­ate safe and mean­ing­ful ex­pe­ri­ences for all of our guests, and we are com­mit­ted in our ef­forts to of­fer fam­i­lies in­clu­sive ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren with autism and other spe­cial needs.”

IBCCES has de­vel­oped a sen­sory guide to make it eas­ier for par­ents to plan ac­tiv­i­ties that sat­isfy their child’s spe­cific needs and ac­com­mo­da­tions by pro­vid­ing in­sight on how a child with sen­sory pro­cess­ing is­sues may be af­fected by each sense for each at­trac­tion.

The park will also have a quiet room in­side the park with ad­justable light­ing and a com­fort­able seat­ing area for guests to take a break.

My­ron Pin­comb, IBCCES board chair­man, added: “We know that train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is the best way for or­gan­i­sa­tions to en­sure they can ac­com­mo­date all fam­i­lies.”

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