The Autism Foundation of Oklahoma (AFO) has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, which is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The CAC credential requires staff to complete an autism-specific training and certification program through IBCCES to ensure the team’s ability to meet the ever-changing needs of autistic individuals.
Ah, the holidays. They bring joy and love, but they also bring stress, especially for those living with mental health issues. That’s one out of every five Americans, by the way – more than 51.5 million of us. Among those with mental health issues, about two-thirds report worsening mental conditions during the holiday season.
Dr. Krisztina Bohacs
BCCS, Head of Research and Development
Comcast announced that The Universal Sphere, located in the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia, has further expanded its accessibility offerings with the launch of a sensory-friendly experience. The sensory-friendly version will incorporate technical updates to create a more welcoming experience for autistic or sensory-sensitive people, and those with social, learning, or cognitive needs. Guests who request a sensory-friendly experience can expect modifications to sound levels, reduced movements, and lighting adjustments to reduce blue light and eliminate flashing.
The Visalia Fox Theatre is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), and joins a growing movement initiated by Visit Visalia to attract more travelers to the destination. To meet CAC requirements, Theatre staff and volunteers completed training and certification to better assist and welcome autistic or sensory-sensitive visitors and their families.
Since becoming a Certified Autism Center™ in 2020, Carolina Therapy Connection Greenville (CTC) has built upon the certification principles by collaborating with other resources to create a stronger community. Its therapists are now going into ABA clinics to provide occupational and physical therapy services. As part of CTC’s ongoing commitment, team members recently completed additional training through IBCCES to meet renewal requirements and ensure staff have up-to-date knowledge and resources to enhance their skill sets.
High Point Museum is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a credential awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that complete training and certification to better understand and welcome autistic or sensory-sensitive guests and their families. In addition to staff training, IBCCES also conducted an onsite review to provide additional recommendations on how to better welcome and accommodate visitors, including sensory guides to help visitors understand the impact on the five senses for each exhibit area.
From mentalhealthhotline.org (article republished with permission)
Learn What You Can Do to Help a Person With PTSD
PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, is often mentioned in movies and television shows, but it’s more than just a plot device. It’s an incredibly challenging illness linked to uncontrollable anxiety, horrid nightmares, and destructive thoughts.
Some of the unfortunate souls who have this disorder also experience short-term memory loss and deal with additional psychological issues.
It’s estimated that seven to eight of 100 adults in America deal with PTSD. That’s a hard-hitting number. You can be a helpful voice for those suffering from PTSD if you know what to do.
BCTS, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, RBT Trainer