St. Johns County Initiates Accessibility Movement to Create an Inclusive Destination

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau, and Old Town Trolley Tours® & Attractions of St. Augustine Lead the Way with Autism Certification

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and its Ponte Vedra Visitors Information Center, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau (VCB), in collaboration with Old Town Trolley Tours® & Attractions of St. Augustine, proudly announce their achievement as Certified Autism Centers™ (CAC). These certifications, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), reflect the commitment of these organizations to welcome and support autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors. The certification program is funded with a matching grant from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce is proud to be working with the County on reviewing grant applications from tourism and hospitality businesses who apply. Members of the Grant Review Committee are Stephen Hudson, Committee Chair from Digital Mark; Todd Hickey, Committee Member from Marriott Sawgrass, and Erin Wallner, Committee member from Flagler Health+.

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Upper Allen Township – Parks Becomes First Parks Department in Pennsylvania to Earn Certified Autism Center™ Designation

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), proudly announces that Upper Allen Township – Parks has achieved the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation. This designation makes Upper Allen Township the first parks department in Pennsylvania to receive this accreditation, solidifying their commitment to inclusivity and providing more accessible recreational spaces for all.

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Fort Ben Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library Earns Autism Certification to Better Accommodate Visitor Needs

The Fort Ben Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library is the first library branch in the state of Indiana to become a Certified Autism Center™ by receiving an international autism accreditation through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Library staff at the Fort Ben branch have completed training to better understand the educational, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals necessary to attain this certification. The branch also underwent an on-site review by IBCCES to provide additional insights and recommendations to enhance accessibility, including creating sensory guides in Library areas.  

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JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa Becomes First Greater Palm Springs Hotel to Gain Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) Designation Ensuring Inclusivity for its Guests

Palm Desert’s largest resort hotel, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, is proud to become an autism accessible hotel, ensuring inclusive options are now available for its global visitors. This important designation marks the iconic property’s place as the first CAC-certified hotel in Greater Palm Springs as well as the first JW Marriott to gain certification.

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa Demonstrates Continued Commitment to Autism and Sensory Sensitive Community with Certified Autism Center™ Recertification

Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa proudly announces its successful recertification as a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This achievement reaffirms the hotel’s dedication to serving the autism and sensory-sensitive community, furthering the inclusive initiatives pioneered by Visit Mesa, which designated Mesa as the first-ever Autism Certified City.

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Best Western Plus ClockTower Inn and Stella’s Kitchen & Bakery Earns Autism Certification to Create More Inclusive Space

Best Western Plus ClockTower Inn and Stella’s Kitchen & Bakery of Billings, Montana earns the Certified Autism Center™ certification through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). By earning this designation, both establishments have demonstrated their commitment to providing more inclusive and accommodating experiences for autistic and sensory sensitive individuals and their families.

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Boeing Mesa Continues Commitment to Neurodiversity and Inclusion

Boeing Mesa’s BDS Fabrication Unit Earns Certified Neurodiverse Workplace (CNW) Designation

Another Boeing department has joined the growing neurodiverse workplace community with the company’s BDS Fabrication Unit’s earning a Certified Neurodiverse Workplace™ (CNW) designation. Following in the footsteps of Boeing’s Mesa-based electrical department, the company’s fabrication unit has become more welcoming to professionals with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other differences.

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