CAD badgeThe goal of becoming a Certified Autism Destination (CAD) is to ensure visitors with autism or sensory needs feel welcomed, safe, and above all, have fun! Becoming a CAD means a majority of tourism related organizations have completed autism and sensory disorder sensitivity and awareness training and completed an onsite review with IBCCES.

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Benefits of Certification

  1. Create a distinct inclusive brand for your destination
  2. Increase out of region tourism revenue
  3. Create opportunity for funding and grants
  4. Increase community engagement
  5. Enhance workforce morale and visitor experience

CAD Requirements

  • Dedicated to serving individuals with autism
  • Majority of attractions and tourism-related organizations trained and certified in autism
  • Onsite audits performed for key partners
  • Committed to ongoing support and training

Organizational Certification Impact

    • Triple-digit increase in out-of-market guests
    • $200K grant for autism improvements
    • 50% increase in employee morale score
    • 400 families self-identified on park opening day 
    • 54% increase in group bookings 
    • 45% improvement in guest satisfaction scores 
    • Busiest media event of year (CAC announcement)
    • 32% increase in first-time guests

Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) need autism certified recreational activities.  Many times, we concentrate on housing and education, neglecting the need for ‘fun’.  We do the same activities – roller skating, movies and outdoor activities, never thinking outside the box.  Having other opportunities will increase individuals’ quality of life immensely. I will always encourage people providing experiences from organizations that are committed and understand people with an ASD.

Dr. Temple Grandin, Prominent Autism Advocate, Author and Speaker

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Why Certification?

TRAINING: Industry and position-specific training and certification from clinical experts as well as individuals with autism

VALIDATION: The knowledge and readiness of each staff member is validated via independent assessment

VERIFICATION: Onsite facilities audit, if applicable, is performed to provide additional recommendations and process updates to ensure compliance and enhance accommodations

CERTIFICATION: Certification is granted to industry leaders who have gone above and beyond to make their business or community more accessible for individuals with autism and other special needs

Learn More About Becoming a
Certified Autism Destination

Fill out the form below to learn more about our CAD Program, which includes staff certifications, training options and center certification.

Once you become a Autism Certified Destination you will be featured as a certified organization on and, which have been developed by IBCCES as credible resources to help leading organizations across the globe showcase themselves as safe, sensory friendly, trained and certified option for parents and individuals on the spectrum.

Marc Garcia

“IBCCES is a first class organization and their team has done a great job of helping us get our visitor industry partners engaged. The whole community of Mesa, including the City of Mesa and the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, has rallied around the Autism Certification program, which has resulted in unprecedented media coverage and community pride. Of critical importance is the fact that IBCCES helps us meaningfully convey to our stakeholders that Autism Certification is more than the right thing to do. It’s good business.”

– Marc Garcia, CEO Visit Mesa Tourism Board

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