The Need for Autism Training and Certification

Many of the patients you see every day for other healthcare needs are also autistic or have sensory sensitivities. Autistic individuals are 52 times more likely to go to a doctor or therapist and they are 4-8x more likely to go to the Emergency Department, yet most healthcare providers don’t have training on how to best communicate and provide care for these patients. There is also some danger of misdiagnosing these patients or not being able to provide care due to sensory overload or other complications.

Find out how your facility can better provide for autistic patients and ensure they have a hospital they can trust.

Benefits of Certification

Ensure Efficient + Effective Care

Gain Community Recognition

Enhance Patient Experience + Trust

Specialized Training For All Staff Levels

The Importance of Autism Training For Hospital Staff

Prevent Unnecessary Care Delays and Meltdowns

  • Autistic people interact with and perceive the world differently, and an emergency room is an important place for doctors, nurses and other staff to understand those differences so that autistic individuals can receive the utmost quality care.
  • Lack of knowledge about autism and other sensory disorders can lead to easily avoidable situations that can create sensory overload for a patient, lead to behavior problems, and lead to delays in administering the proper care for the patients.
  • With proper training many of these potentially problematic situations can be avoided and doctors, nurses, and other patient facing staff will be educated on how best to act to resolve issues as quickly and effectively as possible.
  • Training & certification will help to ensure that both patients with autism get the best care and other patients are spared unnecessary delays.
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All Certified Autism Centers™ meet the following requirements

Dedicated to serving autistic individuals

At least 80% of patient-facing trained and certified in the field of autism

Committed to ongoing specialized training in autism (renewal requirement every 2 years)

An onsite review by IBCCES experts includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications & sensory guides for activities.(requirement dependent on size of the organization)

Training + Patient Care

  • 2-year certification
  • Onsite review of facilities by an expert that includes a comprehensive report with modifications to better serve individuals with sensory needs

Recognition and Promotion

  • Listing on International Online Registry
  • Press release and marketing support from IBCCES announcing CAC
  • Framed certification for display
  • Validated Digital Certification Badge for website and social media
  • Featured on and accessible to over 5.6 million parents, therapists, and educators


  • Ensure all staff have the knowledge to cater to the specialized needs of patients with autism
  • Empower your staff
Your team will complete our online training and certification process. And 80% of patient-facing staff must complete the program to earn Certified Autism Center™ designation.
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*Your clinic may undergo an onsite review by IBCCES experts includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications to better serve autistic individuals, as well as sensory guides for activities (depends on the size of the clinic).

Once you become a Certified Autism Center™, you will be featured as a certified organization on, 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. These resources serve as a guide both for people who are looking for healthcare and education resources in their community that are appropriately trained to serve individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Did You Know?

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$262 billion is spent on autism-related services in the US each year.

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1 in 6 people have a sensory disorder

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Autism prevalence has grown to 1 in 36

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Autism is the fastest-growing cognitive disorder (600% increase).

* Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Find Out More About Becoming A Certified Autism Center™

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