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Boomers Parks announces today that eight of its Family Entertainment Centers (FEC) and Water Parks have achieved the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, accredited by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This milestone sets a new standard, as Boomers Parks becomes the first family of FECs to earn this certification at every location across California, Florida, and New Jersey.

To attain the CAC designation, Boomers Parks has dedicated itself to ensuring that 80% of their guest-facing staff have undergone comprehensive, evidence-based training, which includes perspectives of autistic individuals. Moreover, IBCCES conducted onsite assessments of Boomers Parks attractions, including Boomers Santa Maria, Modesto, Los Angeles, Livermore, Irvine, Boca Raton, as well as Big Kahuna’s in New Jersey and Florida to provide recommendations and sensory guides, all aimed at further enhancing the overall guest experience.

“Boomers Parks places a strong emphasis on accessibility and inclusion within our core values. Our approach is rooted in genuine compassion for all our guests, with the goal of ensuring that everyone feels genuinely welcomed and well-accommodated,” shared Tim Murphy, CEO of Boomers Parks.

Many autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals may find it challenging to visit new places or plan family trips due to a lack of staff understanding, the potential for sensory overload, and the need for flexible options or accommodations. In response to this need, IBCCES created training and certification programs specifically for attractions, theme parks, hotels, and other entertainment centers to ensure all families and individuals can have fun and make lasting memories. With 1 in 6 people having a sensory need or sensitivity and 1 in 36 children being diagnosed with autism in the US (CDC), the need for more trained entertainment and recreation options for this community and their families is at an all-time high.

As Certified Autism Centers™, Boomers Parks and Big Kahuna’s Water Parks will provide:

  • Trained, helpful, front-line team members equipped to better assist autistic and sensory sensitive guests and help them enjoy their time at FEC as well as Big Kahuna’s lifeguards, who have received position-specific training to enhance safety and communication around the water at Big Kahunas;

  • Sensory guides for every area that provide insight into how the game or area may be affected by each of the five senses to make it easier for individuals and families to plan activities that align with their needs and accommodations available on each location’s website;

  • Designated low sensory areas to allow patrons with sensory sensitivities to take a break and relax in a less stimulating environment;

  • Additional accessibility information will be available on each FEC’s website soon.

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