As families prepare for their summer vacations, a growing number of special attractions, theme parks, and hotels are preparing and receiving training to provide sensory-friendly and inclusive services to all types of families, including those with children with autism. Among the destinations doing so are Sea World Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove. In an effort to provide a less sensory stimulating play experience for children with autism, each park has created a quiet room with neutral décor, minimal noise, lighting on dimmer switches and interactive toys where families can take a time out. Sensory guides have been created for each park that rate the attractions on a scale from one to ten based on the five primary senses – touch, taste, sound, smell and sight. They are available online and corresponding signs have been posted in each park!
The website Autism Travel provides a list of the certified destinations, including resorts and malls that accommodate families with children with autism. To learn more about the inclusive opportunities, click here!