Family Museum: First Certified Autism Center™ in Iowa

Family Museum has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, which is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and demonstrates Family Museum ’s dedication to providing a supportive environment for guests with autism and other sensory disorders. Staff completed sensory disorder training and a comprehensive exam in order to earn this certification.

The Family Museum is a department of the City of Bettendorf, Iowa, and has been a community resource for over 20 years. The museum offers a unique, hands-on, learning experience that is designed primarily for children eight and under. Kids and their caregivers can engage in play-based exhibits, day programs, dance classes and other enriching activities guided by the knowledgeable museum staff. Specialized Sensory Kits are readily available to assist those who may need a reprieve from the excitement of the museum. Staff are also happy to provide a quiet, low-lit room for children with sensory sensitivities. Continue Reading →

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Valleyfair Earns Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Valleyfair Amusement Park has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, which is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and demonstrates Valleyfair’s dedication to providing a supportive environment for guests with autism and other sensory disorders.

To receive the CAC designation, Valleyfair staff completed sensory disorder 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 received a certification review provided by IBCCES.

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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Achieve Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom 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, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom staff completed sensory disorder 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 received a certification review provided by IBCCES.

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An Answer for Ride and Attractions Accessibility Programs

Gatemaster Partners with IBCCES to Provide Accessibility Solution

Over the past few years, the attraction and travel industries have begun to take more steps to provide inclusive programs and accommodations for guests with special needs; however, many are now running into difficulties when managing the registration and identification of guests that would benefit from these accommodations. In order to provide a solution for this concern, the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) created an Accessibility Card program.

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld – Certified Autism Center™

Orlando Hotels Among First to Earn Autism Certification

SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld Earn Certified Autism Center™ Designation

SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld are continuing their commitment to a gold standard guest experience, with their newly earned Certified Autism Center™ designations. Both hotels completed a certification program from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to ensure staff have the training, tools and skills needed to work with guests with autism or other sensory needs.  This hotel duo joins their neighboring partners and fellow Certified Autism Centers SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove to become an inclusive destination for all.

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Norris Air First HVAC Company to Become a Certified Autism Center™

Norris Air  is the first HVAC company in the country to earn the Certified Autism Center designation™ (CAC), granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Completing the program means that Norris Air staff are now better equipped to engage with families and individuals with autism or other sensory needs.

Norris Air is a family owned business offering air conditioning and heating system installation, maintenance and repair since 1973. They are joining an expanding group of organizations that are becoming certified as part of an initiative started by Visit Mesa to further that community’s goal to become the most autism inclusive in the world.

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Expert Autism Travel Tips and Anecdotes – Dr. Stephen Shore

One of our esteemed Advisory Board Members, Dr. Stephen Shore, was recently interviewed by Guest Editor, Gretchen McIntire (Leary), for Zoom Autism Magazine. Dr. Shore is a professor at Adelphi University, best-selling author, international speaker and autism expert. He provided valuable travel tips for globetrotters who are on the autism spectrum along with highlights from his travels (49 countries and 47 states) to date.

We’ve included an excerpt from the interview here and you can read the article in-full by following the link at the end of this post. Continue Reading →

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DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld Earns Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Orlando Hotel Among First to Earn Autism Certification

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld Earns Certified Autism Center™ Designation

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, spanning 28 acres within the heart of International Drive, has completed the certification programming required to earn the Certified Autism Center™ designation. This designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and ensures staff have the best training to provide guests with autism, or other sensory needs, an experience tailored to their needs. DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld joins their neighboring partners and fellow Certified Autism Centers SeaWorld® Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove to become an inclusive destination for all.

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Autism Action Partnership has earned the Certified Autism Center ™ Designation

Autism Action Partnership (AAP) has become a Certified Autism Center™ , making it one of only two organizations in the state of Nebraska to attain that designation. The CAC designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

AAP is a public not-for-profit foundation founded by Gail Werner-Robertson and Scott Robertson. The foundation has been working to create and fund programs that fill critical gaps in Nebraska autism services since 2008. Pursuing this level of professional training and certification aligns with the Mission Statement of AAP, “To improve the quality of life of persons on the autism spectrum and their families through education, advocacy and support, thereby enabling them to be an integral part of the community. Continue Reading →

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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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