Six Flags announced on Thursday that their family of parks will be the first to earn a certified autism center designation.
They said that many families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities find it challenging when visiting new places or planning family trips. They want to give those families an option.
“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 Vice President 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.”
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.
"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."
Six Flags will also be the first network of parks to implement IBCCES’ Accessibility Card. The cards may be used during all Six Flag park visits. For more information on the Accessibility Card registration, visit www.accessibilitycard.org.