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Kennywood park becomes Certified Autism Center

by Brittani Tuttle

Kennywood park in West Mifflin, Pa. is joining other theme parks around the country in their commitment to ensuring all visitors have a great experience, as the park was recently designated a Certified Autism Center by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

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Kennywood received this designation after completing the on-site training and review process with the goal of better serving guests with autism and other sensory needs.

“When we looked at ways to improve guest service over the offseason, becoming a Certified Autism Center was at the top of our to-do list,” said Jerome Gibas, the parks’ general manager. “Our mission at Kennywood is to provide the finest in family fun and entertainment, and ensuring we’re on the front lines in understanding and serving our guests who are on the autism spectrum is critical to achieving that mission.”

Currently, Kennywood offers ride admission passes for guests with disabilities, which makes their attractions more accessible. Sensory bags are also available, which include ear plugs, a fidget toy, squishy ball, and coloring books and crayons. While there is not yet a quiet room on-site at the park, Kennywood is identifying lower-traffic areas that guests can use.

To learn more about Kennywood’s efforts to help guests on the autism spectrum, visit Kennywood.com/Certified-Autism-Center.

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