Destination Marketing Organizations and Visitor’s Bureaus are recognizing they can lead the way when it comes to differentiating their communities and attracting an underserved and quickly growing market: individuals with autism and sensory needs and their families.
Inclusion and accessibility are critical factors when many families are choosing where to visit, and ensuring there are concrete steps in place to enhance the visitor experience and welcome new guests to your destination will ensure your organization and community can step to meet this demand. Because of these growing needs, IBCCES offers programs and a community designation (the CAD) to help travel, tourism, entertainment and hospitality organizations support these efforts and provide a framework for these initiatives.
Becoming a Certified Autism Destination (CAD) aims to ensure autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors feel welcomed, safe, and above all, have fun! Becoming a CAD means a representative number of a destination’s attractions, hotels, and other recreation and entertainment venues have completed autism and sensory disorder sensitivity and awareness training and as well as other programs through IBCCES.