Sesame Place Philadelphia and the International Board of Credentialing and Continued Education Standards Announce Recertification as a Certified Autism Center™

• Sesame Place was the first theme park in the world to receive the distinction of Certified Autism Center™ by IBCCES in 2018
• At the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions annual conference, Sesame Place participated in IBCCES’ press conference, “Overwhelming Data Shows Accessibility Matters”
• Pre-visit planning resources and sensory guides developed by IBCCES are available on the Sesame Place website for autistic and sensory-sensitive guests and other special needs Continue Reading →

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Overwhelming Data Shows Accessibility Matters

Growing Demand for Autism and Sensory Accommodations show ROI, and Other Benefits

ORLANDO, Fla. – November 16, 2022 – Travel and entertainment organizations are seeing the power and importance of accessibility to appeal to new audiences, enhance the guest experience, and provide support to empower staff. With 1 in 6 people having sensory needs and 1 in 44 children diagnosed with autism in the US, according to the CDC, there is an overwhelming need for more accessibility options in the travel and entertainment industry.
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Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department Continues Commitment to Serving the Autism Community Members with Autism Certification Renewal

The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department has renewed its Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, to continue fostering a more inclusive and understanding community. The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) worked with the Department to provide renewal certification program to ensure first responders have new and up-to-date information that builds upon existing knowledge to better assist and communicate with autistic or sensory-sensitive individuals, including scenario-based training.

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Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort Is First Hotel In Jordan To Earn Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, which is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that complete staff training and an onsite review process to better understand and assist autistic and sensory-sensitive guests and their families.  The completion of the program marks the first-ever autism-certified hotel in Jordan. Continue Reading →

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Sharifa Yateem Center for Rehabilitation Becomes the First of Its Kind in Abu Dhabi to Earn Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Sharifa Yateem Center for Rehabilitation is the first therapy center to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) in Abu Dhabi. The CAC designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and requires staff complete autism-specific training and certification to ensure they can better assist and serve their autistic clients.

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Destination Toledo Is Now Autism Certified, Takes the First Step in Making Destination More Accessible

Destination Toledo 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 in order to better understand and welcome autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors and their families. Destination Toledo’s CAC certification is the first step in the organization’s initiative to help Toledo achieve the designation of Certified Autism Destination (CAD)to attract new visitors to the area and expand accessibility offerings.
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The Valentine Theatre Focuses on Creating an Inclusive Environment by Completing Autism Certification

The Valentine Theatre is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a credential awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). To meet certification requirement, Theatre staff and volunteers completed training and certification to better understand and welcome autistic or sensory-sensitive visitors. Continue Reading →

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How to Help Someone with Depression

From mentalhealthhotline.org (article republished with permission)

A good support system is utterly essential in helping someone cope with depression. While the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that 17.3 million American adults (a little over 7% of the population) struggle with a major depressive disorder each year, those struggles can be greatly mitigated by the care and attention of friends, family, counselors, medical professionals, and clergy. For the 2.2 million youth (amounting to 9.2% in 2020) who also struggle with depression, these support systems can work wonders in preventing substance use, suicidal episodes, and other comorbid mental and physical health issues.

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