To make Legoland Florida Resort more autism-friendly, park leaders are partnering with Autism Speaks to create experiences and spaces for children with autism and their families.
A large panel of hands-on, sensory stimulating activities is currently being installed at the park, located in Winter Haven.
The park, which first opened in 2012, was built around the world and characters of Lego and designed for children.
"By partnering with Autism Speaks and making these smart changes that will benefit so many families, we're helping ensure that our resort is truly built for all kids," said Rex Jackson, the resort's director of marketing & sales.
A space for special needs children was created during a recent refurbishment of the park's annual pass processing center, according to Aymee Good, the resort's brand manager.
That first project led to other ideas and concepts to make the resort more accessible and welcoming for children of all ages and abilities, said Good.
"Autism Speaks applauds the efforts of Legoland Florida Resort to provide special accommodations so that guests on the autism spectrum can maximize their park experience," said Karen Bacharach, senior director of Autism Speaks, a leading autism science and advocacy organization.
Other updates planned for the park include the installation of "quiet rooms" around the park for autistic guests, said park officials in a news release Thursday.
Park employees will undergo bi-annual training with Autism Speaks staff and volunteers and new hires will received education material about autism.
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