Sesame Place Just Became the World’s First Certified Autism Center Theme Park
The Langhorn, Pennsylvania, amusement park received the designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), which provides international autism certifications and works with travel destinations to create safe options for those affected by autism.
Sesame Place earned the designation, the park said in a release, because of training that enables employees to assist visitors with autism, focusing on areas that include sensory awareness, communication skills, and motor skills.
The theme park, which has 25 attractions along with three live shows and daily parades, is also introducing two quiet rooms with adjustable lighting features for those with autism and creating a sensory guide so visitors plan which attractions to see based on how the condition might affecting their sensory reception.
The move, which comes during April's U.S. National Autism Awareness Month, puts Sesame Place in line with organizations like the Sesame Workshop, which had been looking to increases awareness on the topic through its “See Amazing in All Children” initiative.
"Sesame Street" made headlines in 2017 when the show introduced its first character with autism, a 4-year-old red haired, green eyed girl named Julia. The character also made her debut at Sesame Place last year.
The park will reopen for its 38th season on April 28.