Photo courtesy of Six Flags America

Six Flags America is the first theme park in Maryland to become a certified autism center.

With this accreditation, the park will have specific days dedicated to guests with sensory sensitivity and they now offer a special restraint harness that allows guests with disabilities access to all Six Flags rides. 

The park will provide front-line team members that are trained to assist autistic guests and those with sensory sensitivities to help them better enjoy the park. 

Individuals will have access to a sensory guide for every attraction that provides insight into how it may affect each of the five senses, making planning activities easier for families. 

Low sensory areas will allow guests to relax in a less stimulating environment. The park will also implement the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) accessibility card program, a free program for requesting assistance or accommodations.

“Six Flags America is proud to be a leader in offering more ways for families in the DMV to create memorable experiences,” said Park President Rick Howarth in a statement. “With enhanced training, our all-new ride safety harness system and new sensory sensitive operating days, more families will be able to enjoy the park in new, better ways than ever before.”

Six Flags America will offer “Sensory Sensitive Days” on July 27 and Aug. 17. These days will be open to all guests.

There will be reduced triggers throughout the park, including no audio, sound or music where possible. Signage highlighting surprise sounds and experiences will also be set up. Free noise-canceling ear plugs will be available upon request, and low sensory locations will be identified throughout the park.

Latrice Hill is a Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate who loves all the great things this city has to offer. She worked with WMAR 2-News as an Assignment Desk Editor before she joined...