Dr. Stephen Strakowski Agrees With Angry Parents of Autistic Children about New Kings Island Policy

Kings Island, a local amusement park owned by Cedar Fair, has recently changed their policy regarding line wait times for patrons with disabilities. In the past, visitors with disabilities and a companion could board a ride through an alternative entrance after a short wait. However, a policy was enforced this year that extends the wait time of disabled visitors. Parents of autistic children are outraged at the newly enforced policy because it makes a day at the amusement park nearly impossible for these families. Dr. Stephen Strakowski, the Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and Vice President of Research for UC Health, explains that the brain of someone with autism spectrum disorder is not wired to filter sensory stimuli.  This means that waiting in a line can leave autistic children feeling anxious, uncomfortable and prone to acting out.

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