All of Six Flags’ 26 theme parks have become Certified Autism Centres (CAC), making Six Flags the first company to be awarded with CAC designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) in all locations.

The CAC designation from IBCCES requires that at least 80% of staff that interact with visitors at a site have completed an autism training and certification programme.

Staff must also complete audits on site and undergo ongoing training centred on understanding autism and the best strategies for enhancing communication, safety and guest experience.

As Certified Autism Centres, Six Flags theme parks will provide a sensory guide for every attraction and ride, trained team members that can accommodate for the needs of visitors on the autism spectrum, special sensory spaces where guests can ‘take time out’ in a less stimulating environment, an updated Accessibility Guide and expanded culinary options to meet special dietary needs.

Myron Pincomb, IBCCES board chairman, commented on the CAC designation: “So many families just need more communication and understanding from parks and other attractions, so they can make those memories together that we all cherish.

“In some cases, small changes can make a huge impact, and our certification program ensures each park is committed to long-term growth and understanding, not just a one-time training.”

Six Flags’ VP of safety, Jason Freeman, said: “We are proud to partner with IBCCES to ensure that guests on the autism spectrum have the best possible experience when visiting our parks.

“The certification process will equip our team members with the tools and training needed to better serve guests with special needs.

“We want them to know Six Flags stands ready to welcome them with open arms,” Freeman added.