Hong Kong’s water park makes fun inclusive for all

Water World Ocean Park is now a Certified Autism Center (CAC) by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), recognised for its inclusive, accessible, and sensory-friendly fun for adventurers with autism or other sensory sensitivities.

Just last month, over 200 guests – including autistic individuals and their caregivers – were invited to enjoy Water World as a celebration of this achievement.

Water World Ocean Park’s new certification means adventurers can now experience water excitement in a way that feels secure and predictable

Surrounded by nature and landscape, the park boasts an expansive environment for quality playtime and one-of-a-kind experiences for all adventurers while keeping them socially engaged.

Ivan Wong, chief executive of Ocean Park Corporation, shared that IBCCES was invited to assess the park’s facilities, provide expert recommendations and staff training to make Water World an inclusive space for all families.

He said: “Socialisation is a critical part of growing up for all children, but those on the autistic spectrum often find it an intimidating proposition. At the same time, their caregivers – the parents – also experience stress when they cannot address their children’s socialisation needs.

“We knew that a secure, refreshing yet controlled environment where these families could spend quality time and children could bond with neurodivergent and neurotypical peers was a pressing need in our society.”

With a variety of facilities designed with different levels of stimulation, and a complete set of Sensory Guides provided by IBCCES that rates the level of stimulation to each of the five senses on a scale of 1 to 10, adventurers can now experience water excitement in a way that feels secure and predictable.

The park has also included comprehensive information on the park’s website for visitors to plan and prepare for their trip, with information on what to expect and how to make special enquiries or ask for help from trained staff, noted Bryan Fish, executive director for Water World.

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