Because “Autism Friendly” isn’t enough
Your community is already neurodiverse, with 1 in 6 people having a sensory disorder and the diagnosis rates of autism and other cognitive disorders steadily increasing. Make sure your team is prepared to connect with your entire community and better engage and communicate with autistic individuals and those with other sensory disorders.
Research has shown that engaging in stimulating activities such as outdoor play, animal and water interaction, and activities involving balance and motor skills are therapeutic for autistic children and individuals. Organizations across the globe claim to be “Autism friendly” but are not equipped to truly accommodate a wide range of individuals, including those who are autistic. This has left families and individuals disappointed due to lack of trained and aware staff and facilities.
IBCCES online training and certification options include programs designed for entry-level and seasonal employees, aquatics professionals, leadership and program directors, therapists, and others. As part of the CAC process, an onsite review by IBCCES experts will be conducted on key assets in your community, which includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications to better serve autistic individuals, as well as sensory guides for activities.