Aquatica Orlando: First Water Park in the World to be a Certified Autism Center

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Aquatica Orlando: First Water Park in the World to be a Certified Autism Center

Sea World has announced that its water park, Aquatica Orlando, has become the first water park in the world to be certified for visitors with autism.

On Tuesday, the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards(IBCCES) designated Aquatica Orlando as a “Certified Autism Center”.

As part of the process, the Aquatica staff are continually trained to assist guests and their family members as well. Training focuses on areas of motor and social skills, emotional awareness, sensory awareness, environment, and communication. Staff must also complete a comprehensive autism competency exam. To complete the process of becoming certified, an onsite review of Aquatica took place as well as guest experiences.

Aquatica Orlando Becomes the First Water Park in the World to be a Certified Autism Center

To make sure guests are comfortable when needing to take a break, the park is planning to have a quiet room with adjustable lighting and cozy seating. IBCCES sensory guides will be available online to assist guests in planning their day in the park. Specific information pertaining to which rides, and attractions will be best for them is also made available to autistic guests.

Voted the nation’s top water park, Aquatica is excited to add this certification to its list of accomplishments. Last April, Sesame Place, Sea Worlds sister park located in Pennsylvania became the first theme park to be recognized as a “Certified Autism Center”.

More information for planning your day at Aquatica Orlando can be found online. Don’t miss the opening the brand-new attraction KareKare Curl opening in 2019. This new ride will let you experience a feeling of weightlessness on the giant curved shaped vertical wave wall.

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Sarah is a Minnesota based travel agent. As a WDW Annual Passholder, she loves to escape during the winter to spend time at her favorite Disney location, Walt Disney World, especially to see the parks and resorts decorated for Christmas. No trip is complete without a ride on Big Thunder Mountain and Tower of Terror. When she's not at Disney, she's often working on planning the next visit and creating magic for her clients. Sarah also books all Disney destinations around the world along with cruises, Universal Studios, Sea World, all-inclusive resorts and more as a travel advisor with Key to the World Travel.
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