Legoland Resorts just announced that all of its North American theme parks will become Certified Autism Centers by March 31st. Both California and Florida theme parks received autism certification last year and their newest theme park in New York will receive autism certification when it reopens in March.
The theme park becoming Certified Autism Centers means that there will be specialized training for staff, sensory guides at each ride indicating if are features such as bright lights and loud sounds that might impact visitors who are on the autism spectrum, and also offer low-sensory areas and quiet rooms. Scott O’Neil, the CEO of Merlin Entertainments (the parent company of Legoland Resorts) said in a statement,
“With 1 in 44 children diagnosed with autism in the U.S., we want to build understanding and empathy while also ensuring our teams have the tools and support strategies when engaging with a neurodiverse population. Through this certification, we’re providing our guests with more opportunities to create and play their way while supporting parents through every step of the vacation planning journey.”
The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) granted the certificates and said,
“IBCCES is honored to work with all Legoland Parks in North America to make sure autistic and sensory-sensitive guests and their families can make treasured memories and enjoy all the amazing experiences Legoland has to offer. Our programs will provide long-term support with ongoing training and other supports to the Resorts in achieving their objective of providing accessible options for all visitors.”
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