Six Flags will become the first family of theme parks to be designated as Certified Autism Centers (CAC), with all 26 locations earning the CAC designation.
Six Flags is the first company to earn the designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) at all locations.
“We are proud to partner with IBCCES to ensure that guests on the autism spectrum have the best possible experience when visiting our parks,” said Six Flags’ VP of safety, Jason Freeman.
“The certification process will equip our team members with the tools and training needed to better serve guests with special needs.
“We want them to know Six Flags stands ready to welcome them with open arms.”
Six Flags training to understand the autism spectrum
According to a press release, people on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities find it difficult when visiting new places.
They may experience a sensory overload and a lack of understanding and awareness at attractions.
The CAC designation from IBCCES requires that at least 80 percent of guest-facing staff at Six Flags complete a training and certification programme.
They must also complete onsite audits and commit to ongoing training, which focuses on understanding the autism spectrum and strategies for communication, guest experience and safety.
Six Flags parks will provide the following as Certified Autism Centers:
- Trained and polite team members who can identify visual cues to better accommodate guests.
- A sensory guide for each ride and attraction.
- Special sensory spaces where guests can relax in a less stimulating environment.
- Expanded culinary options to meet guests dietary needs.
- An updated Accessibility Guide.
“So many families just need more communication and understanding from parks and other attractions, so they can make those memories together that we all cherish,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES board chairman
“In some cases, small changes can make a huge impact, and our certification program ensures each park is committed to long-term growth and understanding, not just a one-time training.”
“As a person on the spectrum, it is exciting to see more parks taking the extra steps to accommodate all guests,” said Dr Stephen Shore.
“The commitment Six Flags is making to a true certification process is impressive and means so much to millions of individuals and families.
“Creating family memories and recreation are essential for both individuals with ASD and their families as a whole.”