A Sesame Street-themed amusement park is the first in the world to receive a certification for autism accommodation.
Sesame Place, which is based in Philadelphia, features quiet rooms and sensory guides so parents can plan their visits. Additionally, all the staff members have become certified in autism sensitivity training.
The accreditation was awarded in honor of Autism Awareness Month – and it is just in time for the park to reopen for its new season at the end of April.
Sesame Place received the accreditation through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, an international organization that provides autism certification and training to businesses and service groups.
This is not the first time that Sesame Street has made an effort to connect with autistic youth – just last year, the franchise introduced an autistic character named Julia. The character is part of Sesame Street’s online autism project, “See Amazing in All Children,” which features a free downloadable app with videos and stories to help kids understand autism.
Sesame Street also just received $100 million in funding for their educational program that targets young, disadvantaged Syrian refugee children.
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