Discovery Cove, SeaWorld Entertainment’s day resort park in Orlando, FL, has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to be designated as a Certified Autism Center. This follows a similar certification obtained by sister parks Sesame Place, which was the first theme park to reach this accreditation, and Aquatica Orlando, the first water park to be accredited.
“Discovery Cove has long been recognized for its adventure-filled yet relaxed environment with a variety of open, clear spaces that make attractions and services more accessible, and reduces sensory overload for guests with cognitive disorders,” said Kyle Miller, President of Discovery Cove. “Autism certification is a natural step for us as we continue to create safe and meaningful experiences for all of our guests. We have seen how well-received this certification has been at our Sesame Place and Aquatica Orlando parks, and we are committed in our efforts to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs.”
The designation of a Certified Autism Center means team members receive training in:
- Sensory Awareness
- Motor Skills
- Autism Overview
- Program Development
- Social Skills
- Emotional Awareness
Myron Pincomb, Board Chairman of IBCCES, says, “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.”
For more information on Discovery Cove’s official designation as a Certified Autism Center, visit the official Discovery Cove website.