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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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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Expert Autism Travel Tips and Anecdotes – Dr. Stephen Shore

One of our esteemed Advisory Board Members, Dr. Stephen Shore, was recently interviewed by Guest Editor, Gretchen McIntire (Leary), for Zoom Autism Magazine. Dr. Shore is a professor at Adelphi University, best-selling author, international speaker and autism expert. He provided valuable travel tips for globetrotters who are on the autism spectrum along with highlights from his travels (49 countries and 47 states) to date.

We’ve included an excerpt from the interview here and you can read the article in-full by following the link at the end of this post. Continue Reading →

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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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First Certified Autism Center™ in South America Announced

Juve Travel Peru is the first organization in South America to become a Certified Autism Center™  (CAC). The CAC designation is awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education (IBCCES) to organizations who have completed a training and review process and are committed to serving individuals with autism and other sensory needs.

Travel and new experiences can be one of the most intellectually stimulating events for individuals on the autism spectrum, yet there are still few trained and certified travel options for families looking for destinations able to accommodate their needs. Organizations like IBCCES and industry leaders such as Juve Travel Peru are working to change that. Continue Reading →

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Partnership Between UNO Parks and IBCCES leads to the First Certified Autism Center™ in Europe

Two members of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) have created a long-term partnership to create options for families with autism and other cognitive disorders to enjoy amusement parks, rope courses and other attractions all over the world. UNO Parks is a treetop adventure park architect group in the Baltics with over 42 parks built worldwide. The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) is the industry leader in autism training and certification. Via this partnership they have a goal of training and certifying UNO Parks’ indoor and outdoor adventure parks both in Baltics and Worldwide. Continue Reading →

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50 “Accessible Hacks” to Make Travel More Enjoyable for People with a Disability.

Today we are sharing a wonderful blog from the founder of TravelAbility Summit, Jake Steinman.

“TravelAbility Summit, the inaugural gathering of industry professionals dedicated to improving travel experiences for people with disabilities that will be held in San Francisco November 11-13th, is releasing the names of 50 technologies, products, and services that will help the travel industry level-up their accessibility. The 50 final products make travel easier for all and were based on the feedback of people with disabilities, technical experts and disability industry leaders.

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Sesame Place + Inclusion: A First-Hand Perspective

Sesame Place was the first theme park in the world to become a Certified Autism Center™(CAC), as designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES.) Sesame Place has continued to champion inclusiveness for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and others with special needs. Sesame Place’s goal is to create an environment that welcomes all visitors, and the CAC training and certification process was the first step. Dr. Kerry Magro, autism advocate, best-selling author and professional speaker, shares his thoughts and experiences at Sesame Place:

“By Sesame Place becoming a Certified Autism Center™ and also really being a pioneer for our community, it’s doing incredible, incredible things for our autism community – and helping engage our community to get out there and explore the world around them,” says Dr. Magro.

Sesame Place – Kerry Magro from IBCCES on Vimeo.

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Scuba Diving and Autism Part 3: Reduce Danger and Learn New Skills

Learning Water Skills Can Help Reduce the Danger of Water

It is widely known that drowning is a major concern for children with autism, which sometimes leads parents to avoid water altogether.

Also, if individuals on the spectrum have not developed a level of comfort or the proper skillset to know what to do when confronted with water, this could lead to sensory overload when those encounters occur. Signs of sensory overload can vary for each individual, but typically there are ways to recognize these signs and reduce or prevent sensory overload or “meltdowns”.

It is usually easier for a parent or someone other than the person with autism to recognize these signs and to act on them before it is too late. While children can and should be trained themselves on how to try and recognize these signs and take steps for prevention of sensory overload, this is usually a lifelong process of continual refinement (and hopefully improvement).

This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to have children with autism have experiences in water with trained professionals. If they can develop a comfort level and get practice in the water under proper supervision, then being around water will be that much safer for them in other areas of life.

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Courtyard Phoenix Mesa Receives Certified Autism Center Designation

Parents with children on the autism spectrum often find choosing travel and vacation options a challenge due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions and safety concerns. To address this need, Courtyard Phoenix Mesa has earned the designation of Certified Autism Center (CAC), awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The certification means that the hotel is committed to serving guests with autism and sensory needs and have completed training to ensure guests can enjoy the best possible experience.

The Courtyard Phoenix Mesa also joins a growing number of organizations that are becoming certified in Arizona, a movement inspired by the work of the Visit Mesa organization and that community’s goal to become the most autism inclusive in the world. Continue Reading →

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