Aquatica Orlando Becomes Certified Autism CenterJanuary 8, 2019
It's an exciting day for the Aquatica Orlando family!
Today we are proud to announce, in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), that we have completed a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training as well as an onsite review of the park property and guest experience.
The completion of this process allows us to designate our park as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by IBCCES — the first waterpark in the world to receive such a distinction. This accreditation follows our sister park, Sesame Place, which became the world’s first certified autism center theme park last year.
Working closely with IBCCES, our team members will be continually trained to assist guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, to help ensure a positive experience during their visit. Guests will also be provided with specific information about attractions and experiences along with in park accommodations to help them plan their day and make informed choices best suited to their individual needs.
To help with planning, we have created a robust sensory guide and online resource. This sensory guide will 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. We are also proud to be introducing a new quiet room next to Kata's Kookabura Cove with adjustable lighting and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break.