Visit Mesa Becomes First-Ever Autism-Certified Destination Marketing Organization, Taps into Market with 32 Million Annual Travelers

Visit Mesa is the country’s first-ever destination marketing organization designated as a “Certified Autism Center” by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This new distinction is a result of the organization’s staff and governing board of directors completing more than 100 hours of specialized training to help families and individuals with special needs prepare for their perfect vacation and enjoy the varied travel offerings that can be had in the East Valley city.

“Visit Mesa is thrilled to be a national leader in the visitor industry and invest in training to better serve individuals with autism,” said Marc Garcia, president & CEO of Visit Mesa. “As a parent of a child who was diagnosed on the spectrum, not only is this the right thing to do, it’s an effort we are very proud to ignite here in Mesa. We are already seeing the movement spread within our community since embarking on this campaign only a few months ago.”

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Turkey Hill Experience Now Designated a Certified Autism Center

Turkey Hill Experience has completed the process of becoming a Certified Autism Center, which is a designation awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) that demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring guests and families with children who have autism and sensory disorders have the best possible experience.

“Turkey Hill is committed to providing the ultimate experience to all visitors. We work hard to ensure our guests enjoy their time with us. That includes having a trained staff and a fully equipped facility to serve all individuals. Obtaining our CAC is something we are very excited and proud to be part of,” said Turkey Hill Experience Manager, Bob Adams.

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SEAWORLD ORLANDO IS NOW A CERTIFIED AUTISM CENTER

Theme Park Joins Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove as first family of Orlando parks to be Certified Autism Centers

Today, on World Autism Awareness Day, SeaWorld Orlando announced that it has been designated as a certified autism center by The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). SeaWorld Orlando joins Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove to become the first family of parks, in the world’s leading theme park destination, to be certified.

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Wonders of Wildlife and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park become Certified Autism Centers on World Autism Awareness Day

Designation reflects enhanced efforts to serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs

In honor of World Autism Day on April 2, 2019, The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) has designated Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park as Certified Autism Centers (CAC). The designation is awarded to organizations who have completed professional training and review processes with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs.

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PADI and IBCCES Team Up to Help Dive Shops Better Serve People and Families with Special Needs

PADI and the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) announce a collaboration to bring the Certified Autism Center program to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts. The Certified Autism Center designation recognizes businesses trained in autism sensitivity and awareness, and which go above and beyond to better serve customers with autism and other cognitive disorders. The alliance will make IBCCES training and certification available to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts.

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Ripley’s Aquarium Becomes First Attraction in Canada to be Designated A Certified Autism Center

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has completed the process to become a Certified Autism Center, a designation from IBCCES that demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience.

Parents with children on the autism spectrum often find choosing destinations and attractions a challenge due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions and safety concerns. In recent years, the popularity of “autism-friendly” options has grown; however, visitors often seek out organizations that have completed research-based training or certification to ensure their needs can be met. Continue Reading →

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Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe officially recognized as a Certified Autism Center

Mall of America (MOA) and Nickelodeon Universe, the seven-acre theme park inside MOA, will now officially be recognized as a Certified Autism Center (CAC), granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). As the first destination in Minnesota to become a Certified Autism Center, the certification means that visitors and families with children who have autism and other sensory disorders can enjoy the best possible experience while visiting MOA that caters to their needs.

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The Mosaic School in Axtell, Neb. becomes first Certified Autism Center in the state

The Mosaic School in Axtell recently became the first Certified Autism Center in the state of Nebraska. The school joins four other learning and tutoring centers in the country with this designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

The designation indicates that at least 80 percent of staff have been trained and certified in autism and are committed to ongoing training. Mosaic went a step further; when we earned the designation, 100 percent of staff at the school qualified as certified autism specialists.

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Optimal You Brain Center Earns Certified Autism Center Designation

Helping individuals with cognitive disorders or those who want to improve their brain function is the mission at Optimal You Brain Center (OYBC) – that mission is now supported by an additional designation as a Certified Autism Center, a certification from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

OYBC has a history of success working with many children who have varying special needs. Earning the Certified Autism Center designation from IBCCES, which requires additional training and certification, demonstrates the team’s commitment to serving all individuals who visit the center.

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