The Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe become the first theme park/attraction in Minnesota that is recognized as a Certified Autism Center.

According to a press release from the MOA, "the certification means that visitors and families with children who have autism and other sensory disorders can enjoy the best possible experience while visiting MOA that caters to their needs."

In order to earn the certification, 80% of the MOA and Nickelodeon Universe staff had to take autism sensitivity and awareness training plus the mall took recommendations from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, the organization that issues the certification.

“We continually look at ways to invest in the guest experience, ensuring that everyone who visits Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe has the best day ever,” said Jill Renslow, SVP of Business Development for Mall of America.