Kennywood Now A Certified Autism Center

The Pittsburgh amusement park is working with an organization to make Kennywood fun for everyone

Andrew Limberg
April 17, 2019 - 8:50 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Kennywood has recently earned a new designation; the Pittsburgh amusement park has been named a Certified Autism Center.

The designation was awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards or IBCCES.

Kennywood staff has gone through training and certification programs to better understand autism. Also, the IBCCES will complete a review of the park to “provide additional communication, resources and adjustments for families with special 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,” says park General Manager Jerome Gibas. “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.”

The amusement park is also making rides more accessible to those with disabilities and “sensory bags” will be available to those with Autism. The bag includes ear plugs, a fidget toy, squishy ball and coloring books with crayons.

Also, while there currently is not an “officially designated quite space”, Kennywood officials are identifying lower-traffic areas that are quieter for families to go when they need a break from the hustle and bustle of the amusement park.  

Families interested in more information on the certification can visit Kennywood’s website.

The CDC reported that one is every 59 children was diagnosed with autism last year.

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