Sesame Place theme park staff trained in autism awareness
Sesame Street has introduced its first character with autism, named Julia. (Twitter.com/SesameWorkshop)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, April 5, 2018 10:49AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, April 5, 2018 10:50AM EDT
The Sesame Place theme park in Pennsylvania has been designated a certified autism centre, with staff trained in autism sensitivity and awareness by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.
The credentialing board is an industry leader in autism training for professionals and educators. Sesame Place is the first theme park to receive the board's certification.
Sesame Place added information to its website for parents like a sensory guide that explains how each attraction might impact a child with sensory processing issues.
The park is also opening two quiet rooms on Sesame Island with adjustable lighting.
One of Sesame Place's walk-around characters is Julia, a Sesame Street Muppet with autism.
The park, located in Langhorne outside Philadelphia, opens April 28 for the season.