Six Flags America & Hurricane Harbor, in Bowie, is the first theme park in the region to become a Certified Autism Center.
The accreditation coincides with the introduction of a revolutionary and specialized restraint harness that allows access to all Six Flags Thrill Rides for guests with physical disabilities, as well as all new days dedicated to comfort for guests with sensory sensitivity.
The Certified Autism Center accreditation is in partnership with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, the only credentialing organization providing this form of certification. As part of the program, guests now have access to trained park leadership and additional support elements.
As an accredited Certified Autism Center, Six Flags America will provide:
● Trained frontline team members equipped to better assist autistic guests and those with other sensory sensitivities to help them enjoy their time at the park;
● A sensory guide for every attraction that provides insight into how the attraction or ride 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;
● Low sensory areas to allow guests with sensory sensitivities to take a break and relax in a less stimulating environment;
● An updated accessibility guide will be available online on the park’s accessibility page and guest services area; and
● Parkwide implementation of the IBCCES accessibility card program.
This is a free online program with mobile app option for guests to use when requesting assistance or accommodations at any of the Six Flags parks. To learn more about the program visit accessibilitycard.org.
With the introduction of the Innovative Ride Safety Harness, Six Flags leads the industry as the first theme park company to manufacture and offer a custom restraint harness. The harness offers multiple sizes that are able to accommodate riders with physical disabilities such as a missing limb or appendages starting at 54 inches tall.
Six Flags America will now offer Sensory Sensitive Days on Wednesdays, July 27 and Aug. 17. These days will be open to all guests with reduced environmental triggers throughout the park.
● No park audio, sound and music where possible;
● Signage highlighting surprise sounds and experiences;
● Free noise canceling ear plugs upon request; and
● Additional low-sensory locations identified throughout the park