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Sesame Place Is Now The World's First Autism-Friendly Theme Park

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Theme parks are loud, crowded, and full of distracting sights.

That's what makes them so fun, but it can also be a nightmare for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Even I don't like being caught in those huge theme park crowds to watch the parades and shows.

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So imagine how stressful it can be for children with sensory processing disorder (SPD), which causes a kind of sensory overload.

That's why Sesame Place, a Sesame Street-themed park in Pennsylvania, has gone the extra mile to make its attractions autism-friendly.

The world's first accessible theme park?

This isn't the first time a theme park has worked extra hard to be accessible for all children.

Gordon Hartman was inspired to open Morgan's Wonderland, an "ultra-accessible" theme park in Texas, because he was tired of his daughter being treated differently by other children.

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Along with the usual rides, games, and entertaining shows, the park is 100% wheelchair accessible.

Plus, children with disabilities or "special needs" get free admission, no questions asked.

Parents can even rent non-electric wheelchairs that are perfect for the park's splash pads and kiddy pools.

But Sesame Place has gone even further to make their park totally welcoming for kids with autism.

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