Sea World announced today that its Day Resort park Discovery Cove is now a Certified Autism Center. The certification was awarded after completing staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training conducted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This now makes it the first all-inclusive day resort and animal interaction park in the US to receive the certification.
Discovery Cove is a place where guests can enjoy swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with tropical fish, and other unique animal interactions. All while relaxing in a tropical setting of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Guests enjoy freshly prepared meals, snacks, and beverages throughout the day, and swim and snorkel gear are all included. In addition to all of that, guests enjoy admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica water park.
The certification ensures their staff has the knowledge, skills, and expertise to interact with families of children with special needs. Autism training takes place every two years in order to maintain certification. Another addition to the park is the Quiet Space, where guests in need of quiet time and relief from sensory stimulation can rest.
Chairman of IBBCS, Myron Pincomb noted:
“We’re thrilled to see the commitment and enthusiasm of the team at Discovery Cove and its sister parks in serving guests on the spectrum and with sensory sensitivities. Certification and review are so important to ensure all guests feel welcomed and safe in these environments. This should be the industry standard, and we’re working with leaders in the field to make that happen.”
Guests looking to plan a special needs visit to Discovery Cove can check out the expanded Accessibility page on their website. Not only will you find tips for planning your visit with guests who have Autism, but there is information about accommodations for physical disabilities, as well as allergen information.
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