Visalia, California, Becomes First Certified Autism Destination

With the growing demand from travelers for accessibility and inclusion, Visalia has taken steps to ensure visitors have
multiple trained and certified options to choose from

Through an initiative started by Visit Visalia, in partnership with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), Visalia is now the first city to achieve the Certified Autism Destination™ designation. This designation is granted by IBCCES to communities where multiple attractions, lodging, and entertainment options have completed a training and certification process to ensure autistic or sensory-sensitive visitors have a positive experience. Becoming a CAD will help Visit Visalia in its mission to encourage travelers to choose Visalia as a destination and differentiate it from other options in the area.

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Dubai Announces Initiative to Become First Certified Autism Destination™ in Middle East North Africa Region

Specialized training will be provided to attractions and resorts as a first step to welcome autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors from all over the globe and start the journey towards certification that will has a lasting impact

 

Dubai, UAE — December 15, 2022 — Dubai is taking steps to enhance the destination’s accessibility and inclusion for travelers from all over the world to the next level. The Dubai Economy and Tourism department is spearheading this movement with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to designate the first-ever Certified Autism Destination™ (CAD) outside the United States. The first phase of this initiative means all Dubai attractions, hospitality and entertainment organizations will have access to specialized autism-specific training designed to enhance staff knowledge, understanding and strategies for communication, guest experience and safety to better serve and accommodate people of determination. 

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Comfort Suites and Hampton Inn Visalia Are Now Autism Certified, Join The Movement To Make Visalia More Inclusive

Comfort Suites and Hampton Inn Visalia have earned the Certified Autism Center™ designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The CAC designation is awarded to organizations that have met certification requirements and completed training to learn how to better understand, welcome, and communicate with guests who are autistic or have sensory needs.  Continue Reading →

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Downtown Visalians Merchant Association Earns Certified Autism Center™ Designation

Downtown Visalians is now a Certified Autism Center™, a designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation means that staff have completed training and certification to better understand autistic individuals or those with sensory needs. Downtown Visalians joins a number of local tourism and hospitality organizations to complete the program as part of a community-wide effort started by Visit Visalia.  Continue Reading →

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