CATP, Inclusion Manager and Senior Travel Advisor
By Alex Stratikis, Autistic Traveler & Founder of Autism Adventures Aboard
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, (NYSE:SIX) the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of water parks in North America is now the world’s first theme park company to revolutionize and design a specialized restraint harness that allows access to ALL Six Flags Thrill Rides for guests with physical disabilities.
Wyndham Visalia is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that have completed autism-specific training and certification to better understand and welcome autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors. Wyndham Visalia is the most recent organization to join Visit Visalia’s movement to achieve the designation of Certified Autism Destination (CAD), meaning that visitors can choose from a variety of trained and certified lodging, recreation, and entertainment options in the city of Visalia.
Arts Visalia Gallery is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). By completing autism-specific training through IBCCES, the Gallery joins Visit Visalia’s initiative to achieve the Certified Autism Destination (CAD) designation which means that visitors will have a variety of trained and certified entertainment and lodging options in the area.
The Trenton Fire and Emergency Services has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to enhance first responders’ knowledge and ability to assist autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals during times of emergency. The IBCCES’ program provides firefighters and first responders with scenario-based training to better understand and approach individuals who may be autistic and communicate effectively with individuals who might need assistance.
Sharifa Yateem MSc, BCBA, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a leading global provider of training and certification on autism and cognitive disorders, appointed Sharifa Yateem to its executive advisory board. Sharifa Yateem is the founder of Sharifa Yateem Center for Rehabilitation and Sharifa Yateem Consulting in Abu Dhabi. She has extensive experience working with different age ranges of autistic individuals and training special educators, therapists, caregivers, families, and other personnel in all aspects of assisting the autistic community.
By Alex Stratikis, Autistic Self-Advocate, and World Traveler
It’s understandable that autistic people and their families may feel apprehensive about travel since it requires them to step outside their comfort zone and routine, which can present some challenges. Things like anxiety, sensory issues, spatial awareness, and prioritization are just some of the challenges that an autistic individual may have that prevents them from considering travel as a viable option.
Vitals™ Aware Services, creators of the Vitals™ App, today announced that it has earned the Certified Autism Resource (CAR) designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
The Vitals™ App speaks clearly when vulnerable individuals can’t. This information is delivered securely and privately to a 911 operator, first responder, and/or approved member of the person’s family or caregiving team.