Sesame Place, the Sesame Street-themed children’s amusement park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has become the world’s first theme park to ever become a “Certified Autism Center.” The certification was given by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education standards, which provides training and resources on autism and other such cognitive-disorders resources for companies.
To become a Certified Autism Center, Sesame Place has implemented a variety of standards to make park goers with Autism more comfortable. Every single ride at the park is accessible to all guests through their Ride Accessibility Program and all rides have accessibility guides online. The park has also created quiet rooms in case guests need to take a break from the sensory stimulation with adjustable lighting and comfortable seating, situated near “Big Bird’s Rambling River.” Guests can also pick up noise-cancelling headphones, enjoy parades from low-sensory areas, and are provided accessible dining options.
More so, the certification requires that 80 percent of the park employees receive training on sensory awareness, social skills, emotional awareness, and more. The park has also created a Sensory Guide on their website that provides information on all of the rides and attractions and how each child may be affected by the environment of each ride.
Although it is the first to be officially certified, Sesame Place’s new additions follows a larger trend of amusement and theme parks becoming more accessible to all differently abled children. Legoland in Florida, for example, and Morgan’s Wonderland in Texas, both provide some of these amenities like noise canceling headphones and accessible rides, for families.
The new changes to the park will be available to the public when it reopens on April 28th.