: Industry and position-specific training and certification from clinical experts as well as autistic self-advocates
VALIDATION: The knowledge and readiness of each staff member is validated via independent assessment
VERIFICATION: Onsite facilities audit, if applicable, is performed to provide additional recommendations and process updates to ensure compliance and enhance accommodations
CERTIFICATION: Certification is granted to those who have gone above and beyond to make their organization more accessible for individuals with autism and other special needs
Once you become an Autism Certified City, you will be featured as a certified community on AutismTravel.com, which was developed by IBCCES as a credible resource to help autistic individuals and their families and friends connect with trained and certified destinations, attractions, and related options.
“The Autism Certification program has energized our Chamber Members and the overall response has been phenomenal. We have had everyone from very large multinational manufacturing companies to small coffee shops sign up to become certified and support the community Autism initiative.” – Sally Harrison President/CEO Mesa Chamber of Commerce
“The City of Mesa is known as a community with high core values and a huge heart. Not only is the Mesa Autism Initiative the right thing to do for our community but it will also help raise our profile which will help us recruit visitors, new companies and bring new jobs to our residents.” – Mayor John Giles, City of Mesa