The Need for Autism Training and Certification

People on the autism spectrum 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 understand how their needs are different from typical people or the dangers of not understanding how to treat someone with autism or a sensory disorder differently for ideal outcomes, which can lead to missed diagnoses or complications to treatment.

Find out how your hospital can better provide for people on the spectrum and ensure they have a hospital they can trust.

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The Importance of Autism Training Across Hospitals

Prevent Unnecessary Delays and Meltdowns

People with autism 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 people with autism 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.

This will help to ensure that both patients with autism get the best care and other patients are spared unnecessary delays.

“Autism Friendly” just isn’t good enough

Organizations across the globe claim to be “Autism friendly” but are not equipped to truly accommodate these guests. This has left families disappointed due to lack of trained and aware staff. As a result, many organizations have little to no credibility to address this ever-growing market, leaving many parents and families apprehensive to use their services.

The IBCCES Certified Autism Center (CAC) certification recognizes organizations that have a highly trained staff and are fully equipped to serve the fastest growing population of developmental disorders.

All Certified Autism Centers meet the following requirements:

  • Dedicated to serving individuals with autism
  • At least 80% of staff trained and certified in the field ofautism
  • Is committed to ongoing training in autism

An onsite review by IBCCES experts includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications to better serve individuals on the spectrum, as well as sensory guides for activities.

Certified Autism Center Benefits

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  • 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

  • “Medical staff members typically have little to no autism training, and now that so many medical workers are overwhelmed and stressed out, the likelihood of autistic needs being accommodated may be reduced.”–Mother of a child with autism


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

1 in 54 kids
1 in 54 children has been identified with autism.

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ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

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ASD is at a 600% increase year after year.

* Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Learn More About Becoming a Certified Autism Center

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

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

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