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Thursday, 5 April, 2018

Sesame Street theme park receives world’s first autism certification – BBC News

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A theme park in Philadelphia has become the first in the world to receive an autism accreditation.

Sesame Place, which is based on the popular children’s TV show Sesame Street, was granted the award after its staff completed training on autism sensitivity and awareness.

The park will include quiet rooms for children and a sensory guide to help parents plan their visits.

Last year, Sesame Street introduced its first character with autism.

The park received the award as part of the US National Autism Awareness Month and will reopen for its new season at the end of April.

While Sesame Place is the first to receive the autism certification, other parks have moved to adapt their facilities to accommodate guests with autism.

In March 2017, Legoland’s Florida resort introduced quiet rooms, illustrated guides and free passes to allow guests to bypass queues at popular attractions.

What is autism?

Autism is part of a range of conditions known as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD).

It is a lifelong development disability that can cause problems with social interaction, language skills and physical behaviour.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43640054

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