Six Flags Great Adventure to host its first Autism Day on May 3

An amusement park, filled with roaring coasters, loud music and crowds, can be out of reach for many children on the autism spectrum.

Children with autism or other sensory difficulties can become easily overwhelmed and overstimulated in the noisy, crowded and chaotic environment that’s often typical of an amusement park.

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., is hoping to change that by offering a sensory-friendly opportunity to visit the park on May 3.

Park officials are billing Autism Day as the first sensory-friendly event planned at a major U.S. amusement park. Helping organize the event is the Custom Education Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of individuals with autism, and the Gersh Academy for Students on the Autism Spectrum, based in Huntington, N.Y.

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