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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Autism in the Workforce: Companies Hiring People with Autism

As the number of people diagnosed with autism increases it is becoming imperative for companies to understand how hiring these individuals can provide unparalleled value. 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism. This leads to a very large population of adults on the spectrum who want to enter the workforce, but often struggle finding opportunities.

Individuals with autism are breaking stereotypes and showing the world what they are capable of across many arenas. Innovative companies are realizing that there are many job positions that make use of the unique strengths that people with autism possess. In fact, many times individuals on the spectrum are a better fit for certain positions than those not on the spectrum. Continue Reading →

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Delta Hotel Phoenix Mesa Becomes a Certified Autism Center™

Delta Hotel Phoenix Mesa has completed the process to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) that demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience. Delta Hotel completed evidence-based training as well as an onsite review and joins a growing number of organizations in Arizona and across the nation that are obtaining certification. This movement toward inclusion in Mesa, AZ, and the surrounding area was inspired by the work of Visit Mesa and that City’s goal to become the most autism inclusive destination in the world. Continue Reading →

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Pawsitive Friendships Becomes Certified Autism Center™

Pawsitive Friendships of Gilbert, Arizona, is the first organization of its kind in Arizona to have earned the Certified Autism Center™ designation (CAC). The CAC designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), means that families with children on the autism spectrum and other sensory disorders can enjoy the best possible experience that caters to their needs.

Pawsitive Friendships is a not for profit organization that helps children with special needs achieve their personal goals through Animal Assisted Therapy. Providing a sensory-inclusive experience for children on the autism spectrum is paramount to the success Pawsitive Friendships has with their unique program. Completing the fully accredited Autism Certification program provided by IBCCES enables Pawsitive Friendships to ensure the best possible treatment for all of the children they serve. Continue Reading →

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IBCCES Appoints Marc Garcia to Executive Board

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a leading global provider of training and certification on autism and cognitive disorders, announced today the appointment of Marc Garcia to its executive advisory board. Garcia is President and CEO of Visit Mesa, the destination marketing organization (DMO) for the City of Mesa, Arizona, and the surrounding region. His experience, innovative passion, and strategic business knowledge will strengthen IBCCES’ impact at home and abroad.

Garcia’s devotion to inclusivity aligns with IBCCES’ mission to improve the overall quality of life for individuals with cognitive disorders. In 2019, he led Visit Mesa to become the nation’s first DMO to earn the Certified Autism Center™ designation and shepherded other Mesa businesses to achieve this same status. This impressive initiative seeks to establish Mesa, AZ as the United States’ first-ever autism certified travel destination. Continue Reading →

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Swim Angelfish is now a Certified Autism Center™

Swim Angelfish, an adaptive swim program that began in Connecticut, was recently awarded the Certified Autism Center designation by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

Parents with children on the autism spectrum often find selecting extracurricular activities a challenge due to sensory needs and safety concerns. By completing the training necessary to earn the Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation, Swim Angelfish has gone above and beyond their already established programming geared toward these individuals to equip themselves with even more knowledge and best practices to ensure children with autism and other sensory disorders will enjoy the best possible experience that caters to their needs. Continue Reading →

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Four Points by Sheraton Mesa Receives Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport is looking toward a future of inclusivity. Its staff recently completed  a professional training and certification program through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), designating the space as a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC). Choosing travel options can be a challenge for individuals and families who have sensory needs or are on the autism spectrum. The CAC designation means that all guests can enjoy the best possible experience that caters to their needs.

Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport also joins a growing number of organizations 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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First Cheerleading Certified Autism Center™ in the World

Zone Cheer All-Stars, Inc. has become the world’s first competitive cheerleading and tumbling training center to earn the designation of Certified Autism Center™ (CAC). Zone Cheer All-Stars completed a professional certification program from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to better understand how to provide the best possible experience for their athletes on the autism spectrum. The successful completion of this specialized training aligns with the new Pride! Cheer Abilities team and the organization’s ongoing commitment to provide a safe place for cheer athletes of all abilities.

“As the owner of Zone Cheer All Stars, I have strived to give all athletes a safe place to be after school and on the weekends. Becoming a Certified Autism Center™ only adds more reassurance that we are doing what’s right for the community we serve,” said Jessica Moltisanti, United States All Star Federation (USASF) Credentialed Coach, and owner of Zone Cheer All-Stars. 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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