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Orlando’s Discovery Cove Designated a Certified Autism Center

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Discovery Cove in Orlando is SeaWorld Entertainment’s day resort park, where guests can swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and rays, and other unique animal interactions in a tropical setting.

Discovery Cove was recently designated a Certified Autism Center by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), the industry leader in autism training for licensed health care professionals and educators worldwide. Discovery Cove earned the distinction after completing a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training, as well as an onsite review of the park property and guest experience. Discovery Cove is now the first all-inclusive day resort and animal interaction park in the country to be certified.

Discovery Cove Ambassadors (staff) received specialized training to make sure they have the knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to cater to all children, including those with special needs. Training takes place in the areas of sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor and social skills, program development, and emotional awareness, as well as a comprehensive autism competency exam.

Working closely with IBCCES, the staff at Discovery Cove will be continually trained to assist guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, to help ensure a positive experience during their visit. The autism training must be taken every two years to maintain the certification.

Guests will also be provided with specific information about each of the Discovery Cove experiences, along with in-park accommodations to help them plan their day and make informed choices best suited to their individual needs.

The day resort park provides amenities, attractions, and services (including dining options) to assist and engage guests with special/sensory needs. It boasts a serene setting with lots of open, clear space, making the experience more accessible. Guests in need of some quiet time and relief from sensory stimulation can visit the Quiet Space, which has less traffic and noise. There are also animal encounter and swimming experiences for those wanting more stimulating experiences.

Discovery Cove’s website lists more details including a downloadable Sensory Guide for each ride or attraction: https://discoverycove.com/orlando/help/guests-with-disabilities/certified-autism-center/

Read the announcement press release here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/discovery-cove-is-now-a-certified-autism-center-300797981.html


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