Meredith Tekin of IBCCES talks about best practices for serving a diverse audience and why saying you are autism-friendly just isn’t enough
Pixar will introduce a nonverbal autistic character in an upcoming short film. This will available to on Disney+ platform.
In celebration of the launch of Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, Pixar created a series of six new short films called SparkShorts. One of these, which has yet to be released, is titled “Loop.” According to Pixar, the film follows “a non-verbal, autistic girl and a chatty boy [who] are partnered on a canoeing trip. To complete their journey across an urban lake, they must both learn how the other experiences the world.”
The Museum of the American Revolution has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The certification demonstrates the museum’s commitment to providing a supportive environment to all guests, including those with autism and other sensory disorders.
Brain Balance Achievement Centers in Southlake, Mansfield and Katy, Texas announced today they have all earned the designation of Board-Certified Cognitive Center (BCCC), granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Brain Balance offers a personalized, drug-free program that provides answers to social, emotional, behavioral and academic development. Brain Balance identifies the root causes of challenges and helps strengthen individual performance. By completing the IBCCES training and certification program, the Southlake, Mansfield and Katy centers have shown their commitment to providing the best possible service to everyone who walks through their doors.
MESA, ARIZ. (November 18, 2019) – Mesa is the first-ever Autism Certified City in the U.S. designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), raising the profile of the East Valley city to millions of individuals with autism and millions of annual travelers impacted by autism. The innovative initiative is expected to raise the national profile of the city and inject a new source of visitor dollars to the region.
For a long time, individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had been misunderstood and stigmatized. This type of societal response didn’t provide any support or solutions for people with ASD and their families.
However, with developments in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and related scientific fields, ASD came to be understood much better, and corresponding therapies have been introduced. With the emergence of technological innovations such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), individuals with ASD have a better chance of increasing their capacity for learning and developing the skills necessary to navigate the complexities of adult life. In this paper, we present an overview of the role of VR and AR technology in the development of cognitive, communication, and social skills among children with ASD.
Island H2O Live! has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The certification demonstrates the park’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for guests with autism and other sensory disorders.
To receive the CAC designation, Island H2O Live! staff completed autism sensitivity and awareness 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 completed an onsite review from IBCCES to further enhance the guest experience, including sensory guides which will be provided for visitors to better understand sensory impacts of all rides.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach has completed the process to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES.) This credential demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience, as well as a commitment to ongoing training.
“We are extremely proud to become a Certified Autism Center; our team has worked very hard training to properly serve our guests on the spectrum. We look forward to seeing their enjoyment during their visits to Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach,” Pablo Chavez, general manager of Ripley’s Myrtle Beach.
Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West 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 property’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience. Sheraton Mesa Hotel joins a growing number of hotels 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.
The unemployment and underemployment of capable workers with autism is a well-documented phenomenon, as a British study showed.
Employers are gradually getting better at recognizing the value of including neurodiverse people in their organizations, and information about accommodation strategies is starting to become more readily available.
That said, these accommodations aren’t helpful to workers if they are unable to land a job in the first place. Recruitment and selection practices can inadvertently negatively impact candidates with autism.