Visit Visalia Becomes First Autism-Certified Destination Marketing Organization In California

Visit Visalia is the first destination marketing organization in California to earn the Certified Autism Center™ designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Visit Visalia completed training and certification in autism to help families and autistic individuals prepare for their perfect vacation and enjoy the varied travel offerings in and around Visalia.

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“Visit Visalia and its Board of Directors are pleased to partner with IBCCES to become an autism-certified destination marketing organization. This important designation will let families and individuals with special needs travel with confidence knowing we have completed this specialized training and can provide a positive vacation experience,” said Anil Chagan, Visit Visalia Board Chair.

Visit Visalia is also initiating a movement with the help of IBCCES to become a Certified Autism Destination (CAD). The CAD designation is awarded to destinations where hospitality and recreation organizations are trained and certified to better serve autistic individuals and those with other sensory disorders. Visit Visalia’s team is taking the first steps to help build a more inclusive community.

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Tempe Community Services Receives Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Several City of Tempe community services departments, including park and recreation, have worked together to collectively earn the designation as a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC). The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) grants the CAC designation to organizations that complete a training and certification process to better understand and serve autistic individuals and others with sensory needs. Many locations, including Tempe Public Library, Kiwanis Park, Tempe History Museum, Edna Vihel Arts Center, Tempe Town Lake, Creamery Park, Daley Park, Estrada Park, Indian Bend Park and Tempe Sports Complex, received onsite reviews to provide insights, recommendations, and sensory guides to help enhance the visitor experience, especially those with sensory sensitivities.

 

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Pinal County Historical Museum is Now A Certified Autism Center™

Pinal County Historical Museum has earned the Certified Autism Center™ designation through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). IBCCES’ training and certification provides museum staff and volunteers the tools and resources to help their autistic guests and those with sensory sensitivities have a memorable visit. Continue Reading →

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The City of Mesa Reaffirms its Commitment in Celebrating and Serving People of all Abilities

The City of Mesa is maintaining its promise to serve people of all abilities. The Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department has once again received the Certified Autism Center™ designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). In addition, the City is also joining the Global WeThe15 campaign, which aims to represent and transform the lives of persons with disabilities. Through this campaign, Mesa commits to removing barriers faced by persons with disabilities and promote respect and inclusivity.   In 2019 the City of Mesa department became the first parks and recreation organization in the world to obtain the certification, which demonstrates the Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience at its facilities. Continue Reading →

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Athena Center for Special Education Earns Certified Autism Center™ Designation

The Athena Center for Special Education is now a Certified Autism Center™, designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), and is the second center in Bahrain to earn this designation. To meet the CAC requirements, center staff completed a training and certification program to help them ensure autistic students can have optimal educational outcomes. Continue Reading →

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