The classic children’s show, Sesame Street, has stepped up to include autistic children in the planning of its amusement park. The park has considered the needs of autistic children by creating quiet rooms, providing extensive training for the staff, and rating rides with sensory guides.
Sesame Place is located in Middletown Township, Pennsylvania.
— Jason Calabretta (@JasonCalabretta) July 2, 2018
Many families visit theme parks each summer, so we went to a very special one for last night's #InspiringAmerica. @SesamePlace is the world's first theme park designated as a Certified Autism Center. https://t.co/mdZ0L23blB
— Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) July 3, 2018
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) July 3, 2018
Proud to have @SesamePlace named the first theme park designated as a Certified Autism Center! @NBCNews takes a look at our See Amazing initiative and the many ways Sesame Place meets the needs of children with autism. https://t.co/W2Xi1jW290
— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) July 3, 2018
Parents are singing the praises for the park.
Went 3 yrs ago & loved it. Twins were able to skip lines but we waited whenever possible & at one game, an employee helped Boy win so he could have the prize his was set on. Staff also helped girl when she got scared on ride so I wouldn’t have to get off with Boy. @SesamePlace pic.twitter.com/rkaW278MUN
— Nicole Panteleakos (@NicWritesBooks) July 3, 2018
Lets give it up for Sesame Place, Langhorne,PA…. The only certified Theme Park as the Autism Oark in the world! Here is Julia! pic.twitter.com/bTYwRmkAtd
— Lori Ross (@LoriLynneRoss) July 3, 2018
I took my daughter who has CFC syndrome (many symptoms of autism) here for her 5th birthday and it was the best decision ever!! The staff was amazing! They scheduled a private meet with the characters and all way to go sesame place!!
— Kara VanElls (@Itworkskara) July 3, 2018
As the mother of a 6yr old on the spectrum, I can't explain what this means to kids with ASD and their parents. We're often afraid to take our kids anywhere and sometimes have to plan days in advance to “get them ready”. @sesamestreet You'll never understand what this means https://t.co/mDpWkLjGda
— Love 4 Raul (@Love4Raul1) July 3, 2018
The appreciation for the park brought on strong emotions.
My daughter isn't autistic, but she has sensory issues — the idea of going to a theme park and there being a “sensory guide” almost brings me to tears. It's so inclusive and kind. So is having an autistic character on the show. Bravo. https://t.co/j3CbYx6DdK
— Amanda Hirsch (@amanda_hirsch) July 3, 2018
My son has autism and is now 17, I can’t tell you how much he would’ve loved a place like this a few years back. My heart is full knowing that this wonderful place exists!!❤️
— Jennifer Linne (@JenniferLinne1) July 3, 2018
As an adult with autism, & two younger brothers also with autism (37 & 17 -the 37 yr old is severe & the 17 yr old doesn't speak), this is an amazing and wonderful thing. I watched Sesame Street as a child & they have ALWAYS cared, about ALL children. Thank you for sharing this.
— R. Ge (@RGe16) July 3, 2018
The park was being celebrated by high profile names.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) July 3, 2018
It was a breath of fresh air in an often hostile climate.
In a world that currently feels like a daily dumpster fire, Sesame Street continues to be a bright light. Their commitment to inclusion and teaching kindness is so so wonderful. https://t.co/6YlQmrlxDo
— Kelli (@lattekelli) July 3, 2018
H/T: Twitter Moments