09 JAN. 2019: SeaWorld’s Aquatica Orlando has received a designation as a “Certified Autism Center” from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards becoming the world's first water park to be credentialed for visitors with autism.

As part of the credentialing process, the staff at Aquatica is continually trained to assist guests with autism along with their families. Autistic guests and their families also are given specific information about which attractions might be best for them.

The park also is planning to have a quiet room with adjustable lighting and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break.

“As the first water park in the world to complete the training and become a Certified Autism Center, Aquatica Orlando is proud to provide fun and memorable experiences through exceptional service,” said David Heaton, vice president of Aquatica Orlando.

“We continually strive to create safe and meaningful experiences for all of our guests, and we are committed in our efforts to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs.”

"We know that training and certification is the best way for organizations to ensure they can accommodate all families,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.

“IBCCES is proud to work with Aquatica Orlando and other leaders in the industry to increase the availability of certified options and help individuals have a safe and enriching experience when travelling or visiting a new place. With the rise in diagnosis rates of cognitive disorders, there is a huge need for these options and for organizations to make a long-lasting commitment to their guests."

Aquatica Orlando has been voted the nation’s top water park, and this certification comes as the park readies for the opening of its newest attraction- Kare Kare Curl - this spring

Last April, a SeaWorld sister park, Sesame Place, became the world's first theme park designated as a Certified Autism Center.

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