NEWS
Six Flags earns Certfied Autism Center status at all 26 destinations
POSTED 12 Feb 2020 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
The certification process will equip our team members with the tools and training needed to better serve guests with special needs
– Jason Freeman, Six Flags' VP of Safety
Six Flags will become one of the first theme park chains to earn Certified Autism Center (CAC) status across all 26 of its locations.

CAC status is awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). It aims to make visitor experiences easier and more comfortable for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or sensory sensitivities, who can become distressed when visiting new places.

It requires that at least 80 per cent of customer-facing staff at Six Flags complete a training programme through IBCCES that will focus on understanding ASD, guest experience and safety, as well as offering strategies to foster effective communication.

As a CAC, Six Flags will also need to provide:

• A sensory guide for each ride and attraction, empowering guests to make informed choices about the experience and their comfort levels.

• Special in-park sensory spaces, where guests with sensory needs can relax in a less stimulating environment.

• Expanded culinary options to meet guests' dietary needs (e.g. gluten-free menu items).
An updated Accessibility Guide, accessible at sixflags.com and at Guest Relations and Ride Information Centres at each park.

Additionally, Six Flags has committed to ongoing training and complete onsite audits, as well as agreed to implement IBCCES Accessibility Cards at its parks.

"We're proud to partner with IBCCES to ensure that guests on the autistic spectrum have the best possible experience when visiting our parks," said Six Flags' VP of Safety Jason Freeman.

"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."

Myron Pincomb, board chair at IBCCES, said: "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 programme ensures each park is committed to long-term growth, and understanding, not just one-time training."

"As a person on the spectrum, it is exciting to see more parks taking the extra steps to accommodate all guests," said Dr Stephen Shore.

"The commitment Six Flags is making to a true certification process is impressive and means so much to millions of individuals and families. Creating family memories and recreation are essential for both individuals with ASD and their families as a whole."

RELATED STORIES
Six Flags admits China theme park projects could be shelved


The stop-start affair that is Six Flags' expansion into Chinese territory may never come to fruition it seems after the US theme park operator revealed continuing problems with its partner in China.
Michael Spanos named new Six Flags president and CEO


PepsiCo executive Michael Spanos has been appointed as president and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, replacing Jim Reid-Anderson in both roles with effect from 18 November 2019.
China and Saudi Arabia projects subject to potential further delays, says Six Flags boss


International licensing and the scheduling of new park openings abroad continue to be a challenge for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, with parks currently under construction in China and Saudi Arabia both subject to potential further delays.
Six Flags chases another record year as promotions help increase membership numbers


Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is targeting its tenth consecutive year of growth, despite a mixed bag of September year-to-date results that included increased attendance, but reduced guest spending per capita.
 


CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2020

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - Six Flags earns Certfied Autism Center status at all 26 destinations...
05 Jul 2020 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

12 Feb 2020

Six Flags earns Certfied Autism Center status at all 26 destinations
BY Lauren Heath-Jones

80 per cent of Six Flags' customer-facing staff will undertake IBCCES training to understand Austism Spectrum Disorder

80 per cent of Six Flags' customer-facing staff will undertake IBCCES training to understand Austism Spectrum Disorder

Six Flags will become one of the first theme park chains to earn Certified Autism Center (CAC) status across all 26 of its locations.

CAC status is awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). It aims to make visitor experiences easier and more comfortable for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or sensory sensitivities, who can become distressed when visiting new places.

It requires that at least 80 per cent of customer-facing staff at Six Flags complete a training programme through IBCCES that will focus on understanding ASD, guest experience and safety, as well as offering strategies to foster effective communication.

As a CAC, Six Flags will also need to provide:

• A sensory guide for each ride and attraction, empowering guests to make informed choices about the experience and their comfort levels.

• Special in-park sensory spaces, where guests with sensory needs can relax in a less stimulating environment.

• Expanded culinary options to meet guests' dietary needs (e.g. gluten-free menu items).
An updated Accessibility Guide, accessible at sixflags.com and at Guest Relations and Ride Information Centres at each park.

Additionally, Six Flags has committed to ongoing training and complete onsite audits, as well as agreed to implement IBCCES Accessibility Cards at its parks.

"We're proud to partner with IBCCES to ensure that guests on the autistic spectrum have the best possible experience when visiting our parks," said Six Flags' VP of Safety Jason Freeman.

"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."

Myron Pincomb, board chair at IBCCES, said: "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 programme ensures each park is committed to long-term growth, and understanding, not just one-time training."

"As a person on the spectrum, it is exciting to see more parks taking the extra steps to accommodate all guests," said Dr Stephen Shore.

"The commitment Six Flags is making to a true certification process is impressive and means so much to millions of individuals and families. Creating family memories and recreation are essential for both individuals with ASD and their families as a whole."




Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Technogym launches live streaming and on-demand classes
Technogym launches live streaming and on-demand classes   03 Jul 2020

Technogym has announced the launch of live streaming and on-demand classes. The new content will be delivered via the Technogym Mywellness app. The .... more>>
Breaking: gyms could reopen ‘in a couple of weeks’, says Boris Johnson
Breaking: gyms could reopen ‘in a couple of weeks’, says Boris Johnson   03 Jul 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that gyms may be able to reopen in a ‘couple of weeks’. Johnson made the comments during an interview .... more>>
Consumer confidence rises as people 'eagerly await' reopenings
Consumer confidence rises as people 'eagerly await' reopenings   02 Jul 2020

UK consumer confidence has improved significantly since the beginning of the lockdown, with a fifth of households now thinking they will be better off .... more>>
PGA Tour procures 1,000 WHOOP fitness trackers after golfer Nick Watney was alerted to COVID-19 virus by his device
PGA Tour procures 1,000 WHOOP fitness trackers after golfer Nick Watney was alerted to COVID-19 virus by his device   02 Jul 2020

The PGA Tour has recently bought 1,000 Whoop bands for its golfers, after PGA Tour golfer Nick Watney said he was alerted via his Whoop band that he .... more>>
Kathryn Moore launches Hall of Wellness Awards to recognise industry excellence
Kathryn Moore launches Hall of Wellness Awards to recognise industry excellence   01 Jul 2020

Kathryn Moore, founder of Spa Connectors, has announced the launch of the Hall of Wellness Awards (HOW Awards) to recognise those excelling in their .... more>>
Government inspects gyms, as sector pushes hard for consent to reopen
Government inspects gyms, as sector pushes hard for consent to reopen   01 Jul 2020

Industry body ukactive has today (1 July) hosted a delegation of government and public health officials on visits to a number of gyms and leisure .... more>>
Company profile


Core Health & Fitness

We offer the commercial fitness and health club marketplace an unmatched portfolio of brands.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

RKF Luxury Linen collaborates with CODAGE Paris

RKF Luxury Linen collaborates with CODAGE Paris

RKF Luxury Linen, a creator of the finest linen for spas and cosmetic brands, has announced a new collaboration with French cosmetic brand CODAGE Paris. More>>




in this issue

• Fitness United set up to support sector
• MPs write to Rishi Sunak, asking for tourism support
• Government 'stepping up plans' for the return of sport



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Fitness Motivator / Personal Trainer
Salary: Competitive
Location: Midhurst, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Personal Trainer
Salary: Self-employed
Location: Southwark SE1, UK
Company: énergie group
Swimming Teachers
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Nationwide
Company: Everyone Active
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com

06-07 Jul 2020

active-net 2020

Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, United Kingdom



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Profile: Stephen Hulme
We look back on the career of Everyone Active CEO Stephen Hulme More>>
  Fitness: Hybrid fitness
ESPA Life at Corinthia's 'revolutionary' new fitness service, BodySPace More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Gymtopia: Angels’ advocate
Gymtopia founder Ray Algar on making a difference beyond the health club walls More>>
  Regeneration: High ideals
In Utah, a bunch of hip entrepreneurs is creating a crowdfunded ski resort More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd