Unfortunately, drowning is among the leading causes of death of autistic individuals (National Autism Association). The IBCCES Autism training and certification for aquatics professionals provides a deeper understanding of autism to enhance aquatics professionals’ ability to work with and assist autistic swimmers or others in an aquatic environment. The training provided with certification gives professionals a better understanding of autism, common behaviors or needs, safety awareness, and communication strategies. This training is a component of the Certified Autism Center™ Program, which aims to train organizations such as water parks, amusement parks, park and recreation facilities, and more to be inclusive and welcoming spaces for autistic and sensory-sensitive guests.

Certification Competencies

Autism Overview and Understanding

Behavior Identification & Awareness

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Safety & Communication Strategies

Caregiver Communication

Benefits of Certification

Recognition as an industry leader

Access to a large under-served market

Increase in staff confidence and guest interactions

Water & Autism Facts

  • 91% of all deaths for autistic children were accidental drownings subsequent to elopement/wandering
  • Aquatic activities and hydrotherapy have been shown to increase social interaction, confidence, and independence in autistic children
  • Recent reports show that autistic children are 160 times more likely to die from drowning than the general population of children 
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  • Dr Magro

    Dr Kerry Magro, Autism Advocate, Speaker, Best-selling Author

    Recent studies have shown the prevalence of drowning incidents is on the rise for those with autism who wander from a safe environment. I applaud the efforts of groups who are making our loved ones more comfortable in the water with this initiative.

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