Sebastian Riding Associates Earns Certified Autism Center Designation

Sebastian Riding Associates has earned the designation of Certified Autism Center (CAC) to help ensure children and adults on the autism spectrum have the best possible experience when receiving equine assisted therapy from the nonprofit. It is the first of its kind in the nation to receive the certification.

The designation, awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), indicates that at least 80% of the staff have been trained and certified in autism, as well as a commitment to ongoing training. For Sebastian Riding Associates (SRA), this also meant training long-time volunteers who work with staff to provide services.

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Discovery Cove Officially a Certified Autism Center

Today, Discovery Cove, in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), announced the completion of a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training as well as an onsite review of the park property and guest experience. The completion designates Discovery Cove as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by IBCCES. The certification follows sister parks Sesame Place, the first theme park in the world to reach this accreditation, and Aquatica Orlando, the first water park in the world to be accredited.

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OrlandoVacation.com Becomes Certified Autism Center

OrlandoVacation.com has earned the Certified Autism Center designation and is only the second vacation home rental organization to do so in the country.

The Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring individuals and families with children on the autism spectrum have the best possible experience when traveling. Parents with children on the spectrum often find vacationing and visiting new places to be a challenge due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions and safety concerns. With this certification, guests can rest assured staff are prepared to help all families, regardless of their needs.

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Aquatica Orlando becomes the first water park in the world to become a Certified Autism Center

Today, Aquatica Orlando in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), announced the completion of a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training as well as an onsite review of the park property and guest experience.  The completion designates Aquatica Orlando as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by IBCCES — the first water park in the world to receive such a distinction. This accreditation follows sister park Sesame Place, which became the world’s first Certified Autism Center theme park last April.

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Zoo Miami is First Zoo in Florida to Earn Certified Autism Center Designation

Zoo Miami is making a commitment to ensure all visitors, even those with sensory needs or on the autism spectrum, have an amazing experience. As part of this commitment, the Zoo recently earned the Certified Autism Center designation, which is awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations who have completed a training and review process with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs.

“Zoo Miami aims to provide each guest with an enjoyable visit and is proud to be designated as a certified autism center. Our staff has undergone training to be able to better serve guests with autism and other special needs,” said Carol Kruse, Zoo Miami Director.

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Georgia Aquarium Becomes First Aquarium Designated as a Certified Autism Center

Parents with children on the autism spectrum often find choosing vacation locales and attractions to visit a challenge due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions and safety concerns. Georgia Aquarium is the latest destination – and the first aquarium – to become a Certified Autism Center (CAC). The CAC designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), means that visitors and families with children who have autism and other sensory disorders can enjoy the best possible experience that caters to their needs.

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Sawgrass Marriott Earns Certified Autism Center Designation

First Resort in Florida to Earn the Designation

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is the latest destination to become a Certified Autism Center (CAC) to help ensure guests and families with children who have autism have the best possible experience.

The resort implemented a training and certification program provided by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to ensure staff are trained to work with individuals on the spectrum and to share the resort’s commitment to ensuring all guests are accommodated. For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism training for licensed healthcare professionals and educators around the globe. IBCCES created programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry since parents with children on the autism spectrum often find vacationing to be a challenge due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions, and safety concerns.

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IBCCES Announces New Advisory Board Members

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) is welcoming 3 new members to its Advisory Board. IBCCES is based in Jacksonville, FL, but works in all 50 states and 42 countries to provide certification and training programs in cognitive disorders such as autism, ADHD, and other special needs to education, healthcare and corporate professionals.

“We work hard to ensure we have leaders in a variety of specialties and backgrounds present on our board, including neurologists, special education experts, clinicians, and individuals on the autism spectrum. We’re so excited to announce these 3 additions to our board – we know they will bring a wealth of knowledge to our programs so we can continue to impact the lives of those with cognitive disorders,” said Myron Pincomb, Board Chairman.

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VillaKey Designated A Certified Autism Center

VillaKey has completed the process of becoming a Certified Autism Center, which is a designation that demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring their clients who have autism or sensory sensitivities will have the best possible experience. This is the first vacation rental company globally to earn the CAC designation.

VillaKey has helped families, many with children on the autism spectrum, book vacation home rentals for years, but they furthered their commitment to serving those clients by completing the CAC program, which includes evidence-based staff training, through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). As a Certified Autism Center, parents can rest assured when booking through VillaKey that their needs will be understood and VillaKey’s experts will guide them to the best option for their family.

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Children’s Museum of Houston Designated a Certified Autism Center

Parents with children on the autism spectrum or individuals with sensory sensitivities often find choosing destinations and attractions to visit a challenge – The Children’s Museum of Houston is working to ensure this is not the case when guests visit its location. The Museum was recently designated a Certified Autism Center (CAC), which is awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and demonstrates a commitment to ongoing training and a formal certification process in order to better serve individuals on the autism spectrum.

“The Children’s Museum of Houston’s vision is to spark a passion for lifelong learning in all children.  We know every child is unique in their learning styles and have always strived to be an institution of inclusion.  As a result, the Children’s Museum of Houston has created an environment which allows all children to discover their interest and engage in developmentally appropriate play.  That philosophy influences our physical environment, attitudes, expectations and opportunities for all children, regardless of disability,” said Vandolyn Esparza, Alexander Specialist for Early Literacy and Special Learning Needs at Children’s Museum of Houston.

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