The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) continues partnership with the GRAMMY Museum to hold the Certified Autism Center™ designation and enhance accessibility. The Museum has renewed its commitment to meeting the Certified Autism Center™ standards since becoming certified in 2020. This designation is granted by IBCCES and requires staff to complete a training and certification program to better understand and welcome autistic guests and their families.
In addition, the Museum also offers other supports such as a free monthly community program for visitors with sensory sensitivities. The program, called Sensory Friendly Saturdays, allows visitors to enjoy the GRAMMY Museum at their own pace and comfort. The museum provides adjusted lights and audio volume and a quiet space for guests to take a break.
One of the Museum’s regular visitors recently shared feedback on how the accessibility programs, including Sensory Friendly Saturdays, have impacted her son, Liam.
“He loved the first one and couldn’t wait to come back. Every day he’s saying ‘go to museum, go to museum, no school.’ Everybody is accepted here [at the Museum]. Everyone understands. It relieves that pressure and some of that social judgment that you get when you do a general admissions event,” said Kristina, Liam’s mom.
The GRAMMY Museum also works with the local Autism Society chapter and Your Ears Rock to further engage with the autism community. After a break due to pandemic, the GRAMMY Museum also plans to increase its programs to offer more low-sensory activities.
“IBCCES is truly excited to continue to partner with the GRAMMY Museum as they enhance the visitor experience and ensure there are a variety of options that are accessible for all visitors,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) also created AutismTravel.com, a free online resource for parents that lists certified destinations and connects families to other resources and each other. Each destination listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) requirements.
About GRAMMY Museum
Established in 2008, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who’ve made lasting marks on our cultural identity.
For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, “like” the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.
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