Great Wolf Lodge Announces Partnership with IBCCES Leading the Pack For Accessibility and Inclusion at Indoor Water Park Resorts

Resortsto provide additional convenience for autistic and sensory-sensitive guests with new sensory guides for its water park, attractions and entertainment offerings

Great Wolf Lodge is partnering with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), the global leader in autism and neurodiversity certification, to enhance inclusion and accessibility at its 19 resorts across the U.S.  As part of this partnership, IBCCES is helping the beloved family resort develop sensory guides for each slide, pool, ride, attraction, show and activity found at Great Wolf Lodge locations across the country.  The downloadable guide, available at www.greatwolf.com starting in mid-May, will provide a valuable and convenient tool for sensory-sensitive guests as they plan their visit to the indoor water park resort.  

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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Becomes the First of Its Kind to Earn Autism Certification to Better Accommodate Visitors Needs

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) names the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) marking the first animal welfare organization to earn this accolade. The CAC program provides autism training and certification to AWLA staff and volunteers in order to better understand and assist autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals during their visit or camp. 

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Art and Cultural Centers, Parks and Recreation Department and Dobson Ranch Library in Mesa Renew Certification, Continue to Support Mesa’s Autism Certified City Initiative

Since becoming Certified Autism Centers™ (CAC) in 2019, Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Public Library’s Dobson Ranch branch and Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities are important partners in maintaining Mesa’s designation as an Autism Certified City. Recently, these art and cultural centers renewed their commitment to meeting the CAC standards, designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), which require staff to complete a training and certification program to better understand and welcome guests and their families that are autistic or sensory-sensitive. As part of the certification, IBCCES conducted an onsite review of each center to provide additional recommendations on how they can accommodate visitors.

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Kind Hospitality Continues Commitment to Serving All Guests With Certified Autism Center™ Recertification

Since 2021 Kind Hospitality has worked to enhance and build upon its Certified Autism Center™(CAC) designation. Recently the team completed the recertification process, which includes ongoing team training with new learnings and best practices to build understanding and ways to serve autistic guests better at all of the locations managed by Kind Hospitality. 

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Turkey Hill Experience Continues Commitment to the Autism Community with Certified Autism Center™ Recertification

Since its designation as a Certified Autism Center™ in 2019, Turkey Hill Experience has constantly worked to enhance its accessibility offerings to better serve autistic guests. In celebration of Autism Acceptance Month, Turkey Hill Experience recently has completed the CAC recertification process, which includes ongoing staff training with new learnings and best practices to build understanding and ways to enhance the guest experience for autistic and sensory guests.

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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital Miramar Becomes Florida’s First Autism Certified Emergency Department

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital Miramar has just been awarded the accolade of becoming Florida’s first emergency department to earn the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation through The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). 

As part of the CAC designation process, at least 80% of physicians, nurses, and patient-facing department staff completed a training and certification program to better understand the autism spectrum and strategies for communication, patient interaction, and safety. IBCCES also reviewed the emergency department onsite to provide additional supports, recommendations, and tools to enhance access and options for autistic patients and their families.

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The City of Benson Visitor Center Becomes the First Certified Autism Center™ in Cochise County, Arizona

The City of Benson Visitor Center has earned the Certified Autism Center™ designation through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). IBCCES training and certification programs provide staff with the tools and resources to better understand and help create memorable experiences for autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors. 

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Toledo Speedway BMX Earns Autism Certification and Joins Toledo’s Growing Accessibility Movement

The speedway joins the growing movement initiated by Destination Toledo to attract and accommodate more travelers. Toledo Speedway BMX is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). To meet CAC requirements, staff and volunteers completed training and certification to better assist and welcome autistic or sensory-sensitive visitors and their families. 

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Florida’s Sports Coast Tourism is Now Autism Certified, Taking the First Step Towards Making the Sports Coast More Accessible

Experience Florida’s Sports Coast (EFSC) destination marketing organization has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that have completed autism-specific training and certification to better understand and welcome autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors and their families. EFSC’s CAC certification is the first step in the organization’s initiative to help the Sports Coast area, which includes New Port Richey, Dade City, Wesley Chapel, and Zephyrhills communities, achieve the designation of Certified Autism Destination™ (CAD) to attract new visitors to the area and expand accessibility offerings.

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Toledo Museum of Art Becomes the First of Its Kind™ in the Toledo Area to Earn Certified Autism Center™ Designation

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) has named The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC). The CAC designation is granted to organizations that have completed training and certification to better serve autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors. The training program covers various topics, including sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor, and social skills, program development, and emotional awareness. TMA is the first museum in the Toledo area to earn the designation. IBCCES also conducted an onsite review to provide additional ways the Museum can accommodate visitors and create detailed sensory guides for each exhibition as part of the certification process.

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