Gisele Clark on Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace at Hilton Dubai The Walk

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In this episode of the Accessibility Champions Podcast, Dr. Geraldine Naidoo sits down with Gisele Clark, a distinguished hotel manager with over 25 years of international experience in the hospitality industry. Currently serving as the hotel manager at Hilton Dubai The Walk, Gisele shares her journey and insights into promoting diversity and inclusion within the hospitality sector. From pioneering initiatives that celebrate diverse talents to spearheading inclusive recruitment and training programs, Gisele’s commitment to creating welcoming environments for all is truly inspiring.

 

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Andy Cuthbert’s Visionary Path to Accessibility and Inclusivity at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

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This week on the Accessibility Champions podcast, we’ll sit down with Andy Cuthbert, General Manager of Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, as he shares the remarkable journey of Jumeirah Creekside Hotel becoming the first Jumeirah property to receive the Certified Autism Center™ designation.

 

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Fatma Taher on Dubai Airport’s Commitment to Accessible Travel

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On this week’s episode of Accessibility Champions podcast, join us as we touch down at Dubai Airports, a global leader in accessible travel. Fatma Taher, Government Agenda Manager, will share with us their innovative services for all abilities, including the travel planner, sunflower lanyards, and autism-friendly routes. We’ll also explore how Dubai International Airport became the first international airport to achieve Certified Autism Center™ status.

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Sesame Place Parks Receive Recertification as Certified Autism Centers™, Demonstrate Ongoing Commitment to Enhancing Accessibility

Sesame Place Philadelphia and Sesame Place San Diego proudly announce their renewed commitment to the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, as well as continuing to enhance the onsite experience for guests. The CAC is a certification awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations who complete training requirements and offer accommodations for autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors. Continue Reading →

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Frank Raubenheimer of Aventura Parks Talks About Inclusion and Accessibility in Adventure Parks Tourism

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In this episode, we delve into the world of adventure tourism with Frank Raubenheimer, Director of Operations at Aventura Parks. Frank shares his insights into how Aventura has become a certified Autism Center™ making it the first attraction in the Middle East to achieve this status. He discusses the development of in-depth programs for guests with sensory needs and emphasizes the importance of inclusivity in adventure tourism, highlighting the impact of accessible adventure parks on transforming experiences for people of determination.

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Sascha Triemer of Atlantis Reveals the Transformative Impact of Creating Welcoming Experiences

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In this episode, we sit down with Sascha Triemer, Vice President of Marine & Water Parks at Atlantis Dubai, as he shares his journey from executive chef to overseeing Atlantis’ waterpark operations. Sascha discusses Aquaventure’s achievement as the first waterpark in the Middle East to attain Certified Autism Center™ status and highlights the importance of providing a great guest experience for all. He emphasizes the need for continuous education and cultural competence in the hospitality and entertainment industry, reflecting his passion for accessibility.

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Jeff Strachan on Hospitality’s Top Accessibility Challenge

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In this episode of the Accessibility Champions Podcast, we interview Jeff Strachan of the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism regarding the initiative to position Dubai as the first Certified Autism Destination™ in the Eastern Hemisphere. We discuss the importance of accessibility in tourism, focusing on hidden disabilities like autism. Jeff shares the DET’s efforts to train tourism staff, provide transparent information for families affected by autism, and create employment opportunities for people of determination. He emphasizes the significance of listening to customer feedback and the power of empathy in driving accessibility progress globally.

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IBCCES Recognizes Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando’s Continued Commitment to the Autism and Sensory-Sensitive Community

Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando is proud to announce its recertification as a Certified Autism Center™ by IBCCES, the leading authority in autism certification and training. With this recertification, Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando reaffirms its dedication to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals and their families. Continue Reading →

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Pioneering First Step Counseling Center Renews Commitment to Serving Autistic Patients

First Step Counseling Center — a pioneer in services to autistic people in Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries — has renewed its commitment to serving its patients. The therapy center first became autism certified in 2021 through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). By renewing the Center’s initial pledge to serve the autistic community, it has highlighted its commitment to autism training and certification for its staff to better assist patients.

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Melospeech Earns Certified Autism Center Designation To Enhance Services

Melospeech Inc. Earns Certified Autism Center™ Designation, Setting a New Standard in Orange County

Melospeech Inc., a leading speech and language therapy provider in Costa Mesa, CA, has acquired the Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation. The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) granted the accreditation, where therapists and support staff must complete position-specific autism training and certification programs.

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