Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida, has become a Certified Autism Centre, following its sister parks Sesame Place and Aquatica Orlando.

Owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, the attraction offers visitors the chance to swim with dolphins and snorkel among tropical fish.

It gained its accreditation after staff received autism sensitivity and awareness training and a review of the park property and guest experience.

The certification is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), which offers autism training around the world.

Kyle Miller, Discovery Cove president, said: “Autism certification is a natural step for us as we continue to create safe and meaningful experiences for all of our guests.

“We have seen how well received this certification has been at our Sesame Place and Aquatica Orlando parks, and we are committed in our efforts to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs.”

Myron Pincomb, IBCCES board chairman, added: “Certification and review are so important to ensure all guests feel welcomed and safe in these environments.”

The park will add a sensory guide to its website to make it easier for parents to plan activities ahead of their visit.

Pincomb said: “Having a comprehensive resource that allows families to plan their day and avoid the element of surprise is vital. Understanding what the park offers, from its experiences to available food selections, helps in making their day a success.”

The park will also have a quiet space inside the park with adjustable lighting and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break.

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