Sesame Place becomes first theme park designated as certified autism center

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Summer vacations aren’t always easy for families that have children with special needs.

Sesame Place is hoping to change that.

It’s a theme park located just outside of Philadelphia and it has become the first park to be designated as a certified autism center.

Parents say this is something special because children with autism and other special needs often can’t go to the big theme parks because they become overwhelmed.

“If you find a place like this that they’re understanding and are willing to accommodate it makes it so much easier. It could be the difference between a family having to cut a vacation short and go home and actually staying and enjoying the trip as a family,” said Jerry Turning, who has a son with autism.

Health officials say one in 64 children are diagnosed with autism every year.

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