Discovery Cove, along with the International Board of Continuing Education Standards and Credentials (IBCCES), announced the completion of a training in awareness and awareness of autism to all its staff, as well as supervision of park facilities and an experience of first person visitor The completion designates Discovery Cove as Certified Autism Center (CAC) according to IBCCES, which makes it the first daytime resort and animal interaction park all-inclusive in the US. UU that has been certified with such distinction.
It is the third accreditation granted to one of the parks of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, since the first corresponded to Sesame Place, the first theme park in the world to achieve this accreditation, and the second to Aquatica Orlando, the first water park in the world in be accredited
Discovery Cove is the SeaWorld Entertainment park where you can swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays and enjoy many other interactions with animals, in a tropical setting of rocky lagoons, lush landscapes and white sandy beaches . Working in partnership with IBCCES, Discovery Cove staff will receive ongoing training to help visitors with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, to ensure a positive experience during their visit. Those interested will also receive specific information on each of the experiences offered by Discovery Cove, along with other amenities of the park, to help them plan their day and make the informed decisions that best suit their individual needs.
“Discovery Cove has been recognized for its relaxed and adventurous environment with a variety of open and open spaces that make attractions and services more accessible and reduce sensory overload for visitors 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 our visitors. “We have seen how well this certification has been received at our Sesame Place and Aquatica Orlando parks, and we are committed to striving to provide families with inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs.”
For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been a leader in the autism training industry for licensed health professionals and educators around the world. IBCCES recognized that many families with children with special needs have limited travel options, so in response, they created training and certification programs specifically for the tourism and hotel industry. As a certified autism center, Discovery Cove is required to provide ongoing training to ensure that team members have the knowledge, skills, temperament and experience necessary to interact with all families and children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum. The training is carried out in the areas of sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor and social skills, program development and emotional awareness, as well as a complete examination of competence in autism. Autism training must be taken every two years to maintain certification.
According to Myron Pincomb, Chairman of the IBCCES Board, “We are delighted to see the commitment and enthusiasm of the team at Discovery Cove and its sister parks to serve visitors on the spectrum and with sensory sensitivity.” Certification and review are very important to ensure that all visitors feel welcome and safe in these environments, this should be the industry standard, and we are working with leaders in the field to make that happen ”
Larry Celzo, a member of the IBCCES community and parent of a child on the autism spectrum, said of the Discovery Cove certification: “After so many years of learning to integrate our 15-year-old son with autism in our community, it is It is encouraging to witness that society notices how much we work to provide the same type of recreation and entertainment that families without special needs enjoy. I really applaud organizations that go above and beyond to train and certify themselves in autism and other special needs”.