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'Sesame Street' theme park earns autism center designation

It's the first theme park in the world to earn the certification.

Sesame Place, a "Sesame Street" themed amusement park near Philadelphia, has become the first theme park in the world to be named a "certified autism center" by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.

All staff members at the park will be trained to work with guests with autism. Their areas of training include sensory awareness, motor skills, autism overview, program development, social skills, communication, and environment and emotional awareness, according to the park's website.

The park also has a "ride accessibility" program, which allows guests with disabilities to have special boarding access to rides.

Other accommodations for guests with autism include quiet rooms, noise canceling headphones, low sensory areas and low sensory viewing areas for parades.

Guests at the park can also meet Julia, a Sesame Street character who has autism.