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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Sesame Place San Diego

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss depictions of ASD in popular culture.   Several of years ago, Sesame Workshop introduced an autistic character online.

 At KFMB-TV Ariana Cohen reports on Sesame Place:

It’s also the first theme park in San Diego to be designated as a Certified Autism Center.

“So, some of the features we have really cater to those with special needs. And for all the rides, we have a sensory guide and rating scale. Our parade and show also have low sensory seating areas," said Tracy Spahr, Public Relations Leader of SeaWorld San Diego and Sesame Place.

They also have what they call "The Quiet Room" which is a space for families and children with special needs to pause, play a few games and just relax. 

Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®, in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), today announced the completion of a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training at the theme park. The completion designates Sesame Place as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by IBCCES, — the first theme park in the world to receive such a distinction. The certification aligns with National Autism Awareness Month and comes as the park readies for its 38TH season, opening on April 28, 2018.