Since its designation as a Certified Autism Center™ in 2019, Turkey Hill Experience has constantly worked to enhance its accessibility offerings to better serve autistic guests. In celebration of Autism Acceptance Month, Turkey Hill Experience recently has completed the CAC recertification process, which includes ongoing staff training with new learnings and best practices to build understanding and ways to enhance the guest experience for autistic and sensory guests.
Along with the CAC™ designation, the Turkey Hill team has continued their excitement and commitment to the accessibility program including offering sensory bags and designated low sensory areas to help bring a sense of calm if the environment becomes overwhelming or causes too much excitement. The bags are filled with fidget toys, noise reduction headphones, and sunglasses.
“We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all guests” said Bob Adams, Manager. “It is important for us continue our commitment to our certification to strengthen our positive workplace culture and connections with guests.”
IBCCES recognized that many autistic individuals and their families have limited travel and recreation options where they feel safe and welcomed. In response to this need, IBCCES created training and certification programs specifically for attractions, hotels, zoos, aquariums, and other recreational locations. With 1 in 6 people having a sensory need or sensitivity and 1 in 36 children diagnosed with autism in the United States, the demand for more trained and certified options is at an all-time high. The Turkey Hill Experience has been committed to this program which ensures concrete steps are in place to the attraction can enhance the visitor experience and welcome new autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors who can enjoy a more inclusive environment.
“I enjoy working at Turkey Hill Experience because of the commitment shown to accommodate guests” said Nancy Kulman, team member. “Throughout the years, our team has grown a stronger understanding of how to better accommodate guests and give a better experience for families and autistic individuals.”
“We’re thrilled to see Turkey Hill steadfast dedication to accommodate and serve all guests’ needs including autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors. With the team’s emphasis on improving accessibility, our programs offer long-lasting assistance and resources to ensure that everyone who visits Turkey Hill can have fun and make cherished memories,” shared IBCCES board chairman, Myron Pincomb.
Turkey Hill Experience is also located near two other Certified Autism Centers™ (Hershey’s Chocolate World & Reading Public Museum) in the area, making it a convenient destination for families or individuals looking to visit multiple autism certified attractions.
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