Six Flags Great Adventure to Become Certified Autism Center
Six Flags Great Adventure is optimizing the park for those on the autism spectrum.
Great Adventure along with Six Flags 26 locations will earn the Certified Autism Center™ designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
As a Certified Autism Center, Six Flags parks will provide:
· Trained, courteous, front-line team members with the ability to identify visual cues to better accommodate guests with cognitive disorders and help them enjoy their time in the parks;
· A sensory guide for each ride and attraction so guests can make informed decisions about the ride experience and their level of comfort;
· Special in-park sensory spaces, where guests with sensory needs can relax in a less stimulating environment;
· Expanded culinary options to meet guests’ dietary needs (such as gluten-free items); and
· An updated Accessibility Guide available at sixflags.com, Guest Relations and Ride Information Centers at each park.
To earn this distinction, 80% of guest-facing staff at each park complete a training and certification program through IBCCES as well as complete onsite audits and make a commitment to ongoing training.
The staff training focuses on understanding the autism spectrum and strategies for communication, guest experience, and safety, while the onsite audit will give each park techniques and guidance on additional updates.
Six Flags will also be the first network of theme parks to implement IBCCES’ Accessibility Card. It is designed to help individuals with cognitive disorders or physical impairments identify and receive helpful accommodations at certified attractions worldwide. The cards are free and may be used during all Six Flags theme park visits. Guests will register for the card at www.accessibilitycard.org. After obtaining the card, they can visit Six Flags Great Adventure’s Ride Information Center for attraction access information that best serves their individual needs.
For more information, visit https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/plan-your-visit/guests-with-disabilities