Island H2O Live! ACHIEVES CERTIFIED AUTISM CENTER™ DESIGNATION

Island H2O Live! has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The certification demonstrates the park’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for guests with autism and other sensory disorders.

To receive the CAC designation, Island H2O Live! staff completed autism sensitivity and awareness training to learn how to better communicate and engage with guests with sensory needs and their family members, as well as safety concerns and protocols. The park also completed an onsite review from IBCCES to further enhance the guest experience, including sensory guides which will be provided for visitors to better understand sensory impacts of all rides. Continue Reading →

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Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach Receives Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach has completed the process to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES.) This credential demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience, as well as a commitment to ongoing training.

“We are extremely proud to become a Certified Autism Center; our team has worked very hard training to properly serve our guests on the spectrum. We look forward to seeing their enjoyment during their visits to Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach,” Pablo Chavez, general manager of Ripley’s Myrtle Beach. Continue Reading →

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UNO Parks Earns 2019 Best Social Initiative Award from the European Union

UNO Parks received the 2019 Best Social Initiative Award from the European Union as a result of becoming the first Certified Autism Center™ in Europe. Since becoming a Certified Autism Center™, UNO Park now understands how to better understand and serve their guests with special needs. The certification boosted company morale and empowered the staff to provide better service for all guests. The training process was quick, easily accessible, full of interesting insights as well as very practical. The recommendations after the onsite visit were extremely helpful and the team is working now on the implementation of these recommendations, which will be done for the next season. Continue Reading →

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Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West has received the Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West has completed the process to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) that demonstrates the property’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience. Sheraton Mesa Hotel joins a growing number of hotels in Arizona and across the nation that are obtaining certification. This movement toward inclusion in Mesa, AZ, and the surrounding area was inspired by the work of Visit Mesa and that City’s goal to become the most autism inclusive destination in the world.

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Family Museum: First Certified Autism Center™ in Iowa

Family Museum has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, which is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and demonstrates Family Museum ’s dedication to providing a supportive environment for guests with autism and other sensory disorders. Staff completed sensory disorder training and a comprehensive exam in order to earn this certification.

The Family Museum is a department of the City of Bettendorf, Iowa, and has been a community resource for over 20 years. The museum offers a unique, hands-on, learning experience that is designed primarily for children eight and under. Kids and their caregivers can engage in play-based exhibits, day programs, dance classes and other enriching activities guided by the knowledgeable museum staff. Specialized Sensory Kits are readily available to assist those who may need a reprieve from the excitement of the museum. Staff are also happy to provide a quiet, low-lit room for children with sensory sensitivities. Continue Reading →

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Valleyfair Earns Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Valleyfair Amusement Park has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, which is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and demonstrates Valleyfair’s dedication to providing a supportive environment for guests with autism and other sensory disorders.

To receive the CAC designation, Valleyfair staff completed sensory disorder training to learn how to better communicate and engage with guests with sensory needs and their family members, as well as safety concerns and protocols. The park also received a certification review provided by IBCCES.

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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Achieve Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The certification demonstrates the park’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for guests with autism and other sensory disorders.

To receive the CAC designation, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom staff completed sensory disorder training to learn how to better communicate and engage with guests with sensory needs and their family members, as well as safety concerns and protocols. The park also received a certification review provided by IBCCES.

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld – Certified Autism Center™

Orlando Hotels Among First to Earn Autism Certification

SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld Earn Certified Autism Center™ Designation

SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld are continuing their commitment to a gold standard guest experience, with their newly earned Certified Autism Center™ designations. Both hotels completed a certification program from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to ensure staff have the training, tools and skills needed to work with guests with autism or other sensory needs.  This hotel duo joins their neighboring partners and fellow Certified Autism Centers SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove to become an inclusive destination for all.

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Norris Air First HVAC Company to Become a Certified Autism Center™

Norris Air  is the first HVAC company in the country to earn the Certified Autism Center designation™ (CAC), granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Completing the program means that Norris Air staff are now better equipped to engage with families and individuals with autism or other sensory needs.

Norris Air is a family owned business offering air conditioning and heating system installation, maintenance and repair since 1973. They are joining an expanding group of organizations that are becoming certified as part of an initiative started by Visit Mesa to further that community’s goal to become the most autism inclusive in the world.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld Earns Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Orlando Hotel Among First to Earn Autism Certification

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld Earns Certified Autism Center™ Designation

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, spanning 28 acres within the heart of International Drive, has completed the certification programming required to earn the Certified Autism Center™ designation. This designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and ensures staff have the best training to provide guests with autism, or other sensory needs, an experience tailored to their needs. DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld joins their neighboring partners and fellow Certified Autism Centers SeaWorld® Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove to become an inclusive destination for all.

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