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Become an Advanced Certified Autism Center TM

An Elite Group Of Industry Leaders Gaining International Recognition

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Taking the industry-leading Certified Autism Center tm program to the next level

Over the last three years many of our travel partners such as Beaches Resorts, Marriott, Sea World, Carnival Cruise lines and more have implemented the Certified Autism Center tm (CAC) program within their organization. The positive response from the community and the ROI for each organization has been so great that many of our partners are asking to go to the next level to help them better prepared to serve guest with autism and other cognitive disorders.

Requirements Created by Board of Industry Experts

The requirements for the IBCCES Advanced Certified Autism Center tm (ACAC) level 2 certification were created by board of industry experts including physicians, therapists, parents, travel executives and individuals with autism and other cognitive disorders. The goal is to take the industry leading CAC program to the next level and recognize organizations that are going above and beyond to prepare for guest with cognitive disorders.

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Fill out the form below to learn more about our Advanced Certified Autism Center tm Program, which includes staff certifications, training options and center certification.



Success Story

After their announcement as a Certified Autism Center tm

  • 400 families at the park identified as having special needs children the day after the announcement
  • 6 million combined web hits, mentions and story pickup in the first month
  • International recognition: Nightly News with Lester Holt, BBC and more

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Advanced Certified Autism Center tm Benefits:

Training
  • 40 hours of position specific, customized training for staff
  • Annual onsite review of facilities by an expert that includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications to better serve individuals on the spectrum and other challenges and sensory guides for activities
  • Access to industry experts to help your team make modifications to current activities and practices
  • Access to online Member Learning community for your staff to receive ongoing training access after completion of certification
  • Gain knowledge and confidence in customer-facing scenarios
  • 2-year certification

Marketing
  • Listing on International Online Registry of Advanced Certified Autism Centers
  • Press release from IBCCES announcing ACAC
  • Customized identification adhesives to showcase on ID badges
  • Validated Digital Certification Badge for website and social media
  • Featured on CertifiedAutismCenter.com and AutismTravel.com, accessible to over 20 million parents with a child with ASD around the globe
  • Notification sent to over 180,000 physicians and autism related therapists
  • Advanced Certified Autism Center tm announcement to over 30,000 travel agents many of whom have completed the Certified Autism Travel Professional training

Become An Industry Leader By Starting Your Certification Process Today

“I think it is phenomenal that organizations are so dedicated to serving individuals with autism that they are willing to invest in the Advanced Certified Autism Center program.  These are truly industry leaders in every way!”

– Kerry Magro, Nationally Known Speaker And Advocate Who Is On The Spectrum

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All Advanced Certified Autism Centers tm meet the following requirements:

  • Current Certified Autism Center tm designation
  • Dedicated to serving individuals with autism and their families
  • Leadership and high contact staff has minimum of 40 hours of autism training
  • At least 80% of guest facing staff is trained and certified in the field of autism
  • Provides ongoing special services and modified activities for visitors with special needs
  • Is committed to ongoing training in autism
  • Annual onsite facilities audit by IBCCES professionals
  • Has made substantial accommodations and updates to procedures and physical space to ensure accessibility
  • Annual onsite review by IBCCES experts includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications to better serve individuals on the spectrum, as well as sensory guides for activities.

Competitive Advantages of Advanced Certified Autism Centers tm

  • Stand out from your competitors as an industry leader
  • Empower your staff to better serve your guests
  • Become confident in your ability to provide travel/entertainment solutions to a $262 billion, under-served market
  • Increase market share and drive revenue
  • International recognition for your expertise in the fastest growing market in the travel/entertainment industry
  • Ability to contact IBCCES experts at any time with questions

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Become An Industry Leader By Starting Your Certification Process Today

Success Stories

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  • Overwhelming positive response
  • Tens of thousands of reactions, comments, shares and webhits
  • Story “life cycle” strong weeks after initial release

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  • Received World Travel Award Winner and Industry Leader Designation
  • Increased brand Image and credibility
  • Increased revenue and guest satisfaction

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  • Elmwood Park Zoo was awarded a $200k grant to expand special needs programming, partially due to being a Certified Autism Center tm.