Why Autism Friendly Should Never be Mistaken for Autism Certified

Autism friendly can just mean that an organization has made a donation to a local non-profit; a Certified Autism Center means that at least 80% of guest facing staff has received autism training as just one of the requirements.

In 2018, the CDC reported that 1 in every 59 children are diagnosed with autism. Despite this disability reaching far and wide, it’s extremely unique to each individual due to operating on a spectrum.

This can make traveling of any kind very difficult for families who have children with autism. Continue Reading →

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Autism and Baseball: Why Baseball Can Be a Great Sport for People on Autism Spectrum

America’s Favorite Past-Time

Autism and baseball are a good fit for a number of reasons, starting with the slower paced team atmosphere, the plethora of numbers and statistics, and the open air setting.

Baseball has been known as America’s favorite past-time for decades. As one of the most popular sports in the nation, there’s nothing quite like the experience of catching a game at your local stadium. The energy is infectious as the crowd roars, refreshments are passed down the aisle, and the next batter steps up to the plate.

The game of baseball appeals to a large population of Americans, including those who are on the autism spectrum. It is traditionally played outdoors in open stadiums and involves tracking stats of each player and team. This open environment and analysis of numbers is often what attracts people who have autism to the game.

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8 Steps for Water Safety for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Water safety is extremely important for individuals on the autism spectrum to learn in their lives. They tend to have an affinity for water, which is part of the reason why drowning is one of the most common causes of death for people on the autism spectrum.

This is why it is so important to help people with autism learn the skills they need to be safer around the water and to seek out destinations or attractions with trained and certified staff. Continue Reading →

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Sounds Like Autism Podcast Features IBCCES Board Chairman Myron Pincomb

Josh and Dave from the Sounds Like Autism podcast sit down with Myron Pincomb from IBCCES, the organization behind Certified Autism Centers like Sesame Place.

About the Sounds Like Autism Podcast

Josh Mirsky has a car, a job, a girlfriend, and now, a podcast. But none of it was easy – Josh also has Autism. Follow Josh and his friend and mentor Dave Thompson as they attempt to spread awareness, insight and positive energy, exploring a range of subjects from employment to relationships.

Check out the podcast for Apple: Unamused: Autism at Theme Parks – S1 E6

Android: Unamused: Autism at Theme Parks – S1 E6

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Special Needs Travel: Fastest Growing Segment of The Market

The trillion dollar travel industry is experiencing a massive shift: special needs travel is becoming the fastest growing segment of the market.

Customers Demand Special Needs Travel Options

Currently, there are over 20 million families with autism around the world and an estimated 53 million Americans with disabilities. This population has long been underserved when it comes to travel. Continue Reading →

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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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