Allentown, PA, Oct. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The certification demonstrates the park’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for guests with autism and other sensory disorders.
To receive the CAC designation, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom staff completed sensory disorder training to learn how to better communicate and engage with guests with sensory needs and their family members, as well as safety concerns and protocols. The park also received a certification review provided by IBCCES.
“We continually strive to be “the place to be for fun” for all of our guests, and becoming a Certified Autism Center through IBCCES demonstrates our commitment,” said Michael Fehnel, vice president and general manager of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. “In developing our employees through these training programs, we are able to ensure meaningful experiences for everyone who steps through the turnstiles, as well as enriching programs that our employees can carry with them throughout life.”
In addition to the CAC designation, the park offers accommodations such as their sensory and quiet room, boarding pass program, quiet outdoor spaces, complimentary sensory packs, sensory friendly entertainment at PEANUTS™ Showplace, a Family Care Center and gluten-free food options for guests of varying needs and sensitivities.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom has also designed an annual specialized park-wide program, typically in the month of July, for guests with autism and other sensory disorders called “Autism Awareness Week.” During this week, a portion of their ticket proceeds are donated to the Autism Society of America (ASA).
“We welcome Dorney Park to our family of certified centers. By completing our training and review process, the park staff have elevated their commitment to providing the best possible experience for all guests to meet the growing need for trained and certified entertainment options so all families can make memories together,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
As a leader in healthcare, corporate, and education certification for 20 years, IBCCES recognized the need for more trained and certified travel and entertainment options. In response to feedback from families and individuals with sensory needs, IBCCES adapted its evidence-based programs specifically for amusement parks, zoos, resorts, aquariums, and other family entertainment venues.
IBCCES also created AutismTravel.com, a free online resource for parents that lists certified destinations and connects families to other resources and each other. Each destination listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center (CAC) requirements.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and has been in operation since 1884.
About Dorney Park
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom offers Pennsylvania’s best value - Two Great Parks All in One. With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, guests can enjoy seven roller coasters, the largest collection of kids' rides in Planet Snoopy™ and one of the country's best-ranked water parks with 26 water slides and two giant wave pools. Special themed festivals as well as the best Halloween event in the region make Dorney Park the best place to create lasting memories. The park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. For more information, visit cedarfair.com.
Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders – IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are the only training and certification programs endorsed by the largest grassroots autism organization in the world, The Autism Society of America, and recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom // Manager, PR & Communications
IBCCES // President