Circuit X Achieves Certified Autism Center™ Designation, Leading the Way for Accessible and Inclusive Outdoor Adventures

Circuit X proudly achieves the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). IBCCES grants this certification to organizations that have committed to providing accessible and inclusive services for autistic, sensory-sensitive individuals, and their families. Located on Hudayriyat Island in Abu Dhabi, Circuit X now joins the organizations that are dedicated to creating welcoming environments for all guests.

A group of children doing the ropes course at Circuit X

“At Circuit X, our mission is to provide an inclusive adventure space for all ages and abilities,” says Hadi Fakhoury, managing director at Circuit X. “We’re building a community that celebrates trying new experiences in a safe and supportive environment. While all our parks provide fun and thrill, coupled with physical and mental health benefits, our experience has taught us that skateboarding and climbing are especially beneficial for autistic kids. These activities promote focus, coordination, confidence, determination, and problem-solving skills, guided by our team every step of the way. We create an empowering, inclusive space where explorers push limits without judgment.”

Envisioned as a unique and diverse adventure destination, Circuit X is designed to deliver high-adrenaline, fun, and action-packed experiences amidst the island’s beauty. Run by a team of experts motivated to provide visitors with safe, enjoyable, and challenging adventures, Circuit X ensures an unforgettable experience that keeps guests coming back for more.

Circuit X also offers special programs for autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals, including skateboarding private lessons and climbing wall lessons. These programs are proven to be therapeutic, helping participants overcome challenges, boost confidence, and develop essential coordination and problem-solving skills.

A child receiving skateboard lessons from Circuit X staff members

To achieve the CAC designation, Circuit X staff have undergone comprehensive autism and sensory awareness training provided by IBCCES. This training equips the staff with the knowledge and understanding to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all guests. Additionally, sensory guides have been developed to offer detailed information on the sensory input of various common guest areas and activities, enhancing the experience for sensory-sensitive individuals and their families.

Group of children enjoying the Splash Park at Circuit X

“We are thrilled to witness the growing trend of outdoor adventure parks embracing inclusivity and accessibility,” says Myron Pincomb, IBCCES board chairman. “Circuit X is setting a remarkable example here in Abu Dhabi, leading the charge in creating spaces where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can enjoy exhilarating experiences. This initiative not only enhances the options available for tourists and residents but also serves as a powerful inspiration for other locations. By prioritizing accessibility and inclusivity, Circuit X is paving the way for a more welcoming and engaging world for people of all abilities.”

IBCCES has been the leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for healthcare, education, and corporate professionals around the globe for more than 20 years. IBCCES is the only global credentialing board providing travel and entertainment organizations with training and certification from subject-matter experts and autistic self-advocates, and other resources, as well as long-term support that helps them understand how to better accommodate and assist autistic or sensory-sensitive visitors and their families.

IBCCES also created AutismTravel.com, a free online resource for families that lists certified destinations and connects families to other resources and each other. Each destination listed on the site has met the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) requirements.

About Circuit X

Circuit X outdoor adventure park in Abu Dhabi, developed by Modon Properties and operated by Tamana Adventures LLC, offers a full range of fun and challenging experiences for people of all ages. Located on Hudayriyat Island in Abu Dhabi, Circuit X is spread across 15,000 square meters and is home to four separate parks that offer exciting activities for all fitness levels: the BMX Park, High Ropes Park, Skate Park, and Splash & Climb Park. 

About IBCCES

Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders – IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders.

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