Kennywood made national headlines last week after announcing their certification as a autism center.
All park personnel received special training conducted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. Training focused on sensory awareness, program development and social skills among others.
Park officials say the main mission was to make sure that all visitors felt welcomed, including those with Autism.
“Kennywood is that same as it always was,” said Marie Ruby, Kennywood Director of Ride Operations. “It’s still an enjoyable place for everybody to come. We just want to make sure that those with autism are welcomed here and our team knows how to serve them better.”
Another focus for the park is attracting more visitors from further regions, including those that live in the Mountain State.
“When you see us adding new attractions like Thomas Town last year, the Steel Curtain and Steelers Country this year and the certified autism center recognition, all of that is really important to make us attractive to visitors from West Virginia,” said Nick Paradise, Kennywood Director of Public Relations.
For more information on Kennywood as a Certified Autism Center, please visit their website.