ZooMontana Completes Autism Certification to Join the Initiative to Make Billings More Accessible

ZooMontana is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that complete training and certification to better understand and welcome autistic or sensory-sensitive visitors and their families. IBCCES will also conduct an onsite review to provide additional ways the Zoo can accommodate visitors and create detailed sensory guides for each exhibit as part of the certification process.

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Visalia Adventure Park Joins the Initiative to Create a More Accessible Visalia By Becoming Autism Certified

Visalia Adventure Park is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that complete training and certification to better understand and welcome autistic or sensory-sensitive visitors and their families. As part of the certification process, IBCCES will also conduct an onsite review to provide additional options and insights for the Park to accommodate visitor needs and create sensory guides for each attraction

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Farmer Bob’s World is Now a Certified Autism Center™ and Joins Visit Visalia Initiative For a More Inclusive Destination

Farmer Bob’s World at McKellar Family Farms becomes the newest autism-certified location in Visalia by earning the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation. The CAC certification is awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that have met requirements and completed a staff training program to better understand and assist autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors.

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Visalia Marriott at the Convention Center Designated a Certified Autism Center™ and Joins Community Initiative

The Visalia Marriott at the Convention Center Visalia is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), which means staff have completed an autism training and certification program to ensure the hotel can welcome visitors with a variety of needs.

The hotel also joins other local organizations, led by Visit Visalia, that are working together to achieve the Certified Autism Destination designation. These designations are granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), with the goal to provide multiple trained and certified options for visitors looking for entertainment, recreation, and hotel choices in the area. Continue Reading →

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Visit Visalia Becomes First Autism-Certified Destination Marketing Organization In California

Visit Visalia is the first destination marketing organization in California to earn the Certified Autism Center™ designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Visit Visalia completed training and certification in autism to help families and autistic individuals prepare for their perfect vacation and enjoy the varied travel offerings in and around Visalia.

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“Visit Visalia and its Board of Directors are pleased to partner with IBCCES to become an autism-certified destination marketing organization. This important designation will let families and individuals with special needs travel with confidence knowing we have completed this specialized training and can provide a positive vacation experience,” said Anil Chagan, Visit Visalia Board Chair.

Visit Visalia is also initiating a movement with the help of IBCCES to become a Certified Autism Destination (CAD). The CAD designation is awarded to destinations where hospitality and recreation organizations are trained and certified to better serve autistic individuals and those with other sensory disorders. Visit Visalia’s team is taking the first steps to help build a more inclusive community.

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