World's First Autism Certification Awarded to Sesame Street Theme Park
You may have heard about Sesame Street's newest character, Julia. Julia was introduced on the famous kids' show last year, and it was clear from the start that there was something unique and special about her: Julia has autism.
By incorporating a character with autism, Sesame Street demonstrated its commitment to helping its young fans understand the world around them in an even richer way. And now, the leadership of the Sesame Street brand are taking that commitment to inclusion a step further. At Sesame Place, a Philadelphia theme park based on the show, staff have undergone training on autism sensitivity and awareness, and the facilities have been updated to include quiet rooms for visitors and a sensory guide to help parents plan their visits. As a result, Sesame Place has receives an autism accreditation, the first theme park in the world to do so.
The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards granted the accreditation this year, as part of the United States' Autism Awareness Month. And the process doesn't end with the award: all park employees will receive ongoing training in the "skills, temperament and expertise" required to accommodate the needs of autistic visitors and their families.
Other parks, including Legoland in Florida, have also started introducing facilities and features specifically for kids with autism, like quiet rooms, illustrated guides, and "skip the line" passes for popular attractions.
We love the commitment that these popular attractions are making to accessibility and fun for kids of all abilities and needs!