Reading Public Museum Designated a Certified Autism Center

FIRST MUSEUM IN PENNSYLVANIA TO BECOME A CAC

The Reading Public Museum was recently designated a Certified Autism Center, which is awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and demonstrates a commitment to an ongoing training and certification process in order to better serve individuals on the autism spectrum. Parents with children on the autism spectrum often find choosing destinations and attractions to visit a challenge due to sensory sensitivities and safety concerns. The Reading Public Museum (RPM) is the first destination to become a Certified Autism Center (CAC) in Berks County and the first museum certified in Pennsylvania. This means that visitors and families with children who have autism and other sensory disorders can enjoy the best possible experience close to home.

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Wild Styles Children’s Hair Salon Is Now A Certified Autism Center

Wild Styles Children’s Hair Salon, located in Pennsylvania, has completed the process of becoming a Certified Autism Center, which is a designation that demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring their clients who have autism or sensory sensitivities will have the best possible experience. This is the first organization of its kind to earn the CAC designation.

Wild Styles’ staff have served many children on the spectrum over the last two and a half years, but they formalized their commitment to serving those clients by completing the CAC program, which includes evidence-based staff training, through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). As a Certified Autism Center, parents can rest assured the staff and stylists at Wild Styles are prepared to welcome everyone, regardless of their needs.

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Afraid of the Dentist? Six Tips for Parents of Children with Anxiety or Sensory Sensitivities

For any child, the world is filled with a plethora of possible sensory challenges, ranging from lights to sounds, textures, smells, and tastes. The dental office is no exception, especially for kids with dental anxiety or those who are on the autism spectrum.

So, how do you help your child to cope with all of the stimuli he will face during his upcoming dental appointment? After all, just because a fear of the dentist is not uncommon doesn’t mean you want your child to possess this fear.

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City Catt Launches Autism on the Go in Partnership with IBCCES

IBCCES is excited to announce our recent partnership with City Catt, a P2P Trip Planning Startup, to help families with individuals on the autism spectrum plan trips around their sensory challenges. The new program, called Autism on the Go, connects traveling families with trained and certified residents living in their destination cities that help them find the best places to visit and accommodate their needs. Starting today, City Catt is recruiting locals interested in working as Autism Certified Catts.

City Catt’s model connects any traveler with like-minded locals – called Catts – that can help them plan trips to their cities or even guide them through attractions. By partnering with IBCCES, they are now able to connect families and individuals with Catts who are also Autism Certified living in these destination cities. The platform already has Catts in 26 US states and is expanding! Travelers and their families have specific needs and expectations, and by being able to talk to locals, they can ask questions, get suggestions and build a customized itinerary, instead of scavenging the web for reliable information.

Learn more about the program at autism.citycatt.com.

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Pixel Academy Becomes First Certified Autism Center in New York

Inclusion and Neurodiversity are the Norm When Teaching Digital Technology Skills to Youth

Pixel Academy is the most recent organization to become a Certified Autism Center (CAC), a designation awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The Pixel Academy, located in Brooklyn and Manhattan, implemented a training and certification program for members of its staff provided by IBCCES to further its commitment to students with autism or sensory sensitivities. The Pixel Academy teaches digital technology skills to children age 7-16 and has found many of its members are on the autism spectrum.

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Space Center Houston Now A Certified Autism Center

Space Center Houston is the first space center in the world to become a Certified Autism Center (CAC). The designation, given by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), is awarded to organizations who have completed a professional training and review process with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs.

“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is for everyone,” said William T. Harris, the center’s president and CEO. “This certification highlights our dedication to be inclusive and to inspire the next generation of problem solvers.”

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Santa Barbara Zoo First Zoo on West Coast To Become Certified Autism Center

Santa Barbara Zoo is the first zoo on the West Coast to become a Certified Autism Center (CAC), which is a designation that demonstrates the Zoo’s commitment to ensuring guests and families with children who have autism have the best possible experience. Parents with children on the autism spectrum often find vacationing and visiting new places to be a challenge due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions and safety concerns. With this certification, guests can rest assured staff and the grounds are prepared to welcome everyone, regardless of their needs.

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White Paper: Why the Travel and Hospitality Industry Must Be Ready for Guests with Invisible Disabilities

The number of people diagnosed with autism and other cognitive disorders is increasing, and the world is becoming more aware of how we should accommodate individuals with special needs. The travel and hospitality industry must also demonstrate that destinations and staff are equipped to offer the best experience possible, whatever an individual’s hidden disability. If not, organizations risk losing those guests to a competitor. Continue Reading →

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