“Autism Friendly” isn’t enough

Theme parks and attractions are exciting places that can provide a great way for families and individuals to have fun and create memories – research has shown that engaging in stimulating activities such as travel, animals, water interaction, and outdoor play can even be therapeutic for children and individuals on the autism spectrum. However, there are things your staff needs to do in order to be able to welcome ALL guests and ensure you have accessible options and the training to improve guest experience at your park.

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 a lack of trained and aware staff. The IBCCES Certified Autism Center (CAC) certification recognizes organizations that have trained staff and are fully equipped to serve the fastest-growing population of developmental disorders and are designated as CACs by a professional credentialing organization with ongoing support for the lifetime of the certification.

All Certified Autism Centers™ meet the following requirements:

Dedicated to serving individuals with autism

At least 80% of guest-facing staff trained and certified in autism

Committed to ongoing training and accessibility (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)

Benefits of Certification

Stand out from your competitors

Position-specific, customized online training for staff

Gain knowledge & confidence in guest-facing scenarios

Increase market share and drive revenue

Competitive Advantage

  • Empower your staff

  • Become confident in your ability to provide entertainment solutions to a $262 billion underserved market

  • International recognition for being an accessibility leader in the industry

  • Access to IBCCES experts

roller coster at Autism Certified theme park

Did You Know?

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

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

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1 in 54 children has been identified with autism.

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ASD is at a 600% increase.

* Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Training

  • Position specific online training for staff – there is no one-size fits all
  • 2-year certification
  • Onsite review of facilities by an expert that includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications to better serve individuals on the spectrum and other challenges and sensory guides for activities

Marketing

  • Listing on International Online Registry of Certified Autism Centers™
  • Press release from IBCCES announcing CAC
  • Framed certification for display
  • Customized identification adhesives to showcase CAC status on staff badges/nametags
  • Validated CAC Badge for website and social media
  • Featured on AutismTravel.com, accessible to over 5.6 million parents, individuals and families worldwide

Your team will complete our online training and certification process. And 80% of guest-facing staff must complete the program to earn Certified Autism Center™ designation.

certification process
*Your park may undergo 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 (depends on the size of the organization).

Autism Travel Text Only LogoOnce you become a Certified Autism Center™, you will be featured as a certified organization on AutismTravel.com,which was developed by IBCCES as a credible resource to help autistic individuals and their families and friends connect with trained and certified destinations, attractions, and related options.

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  • Sesame Place CAC

    Elizabeth, Sesame Place Season Pass Member

    We were really excited to hear that Sesame Place has become a Certified Autism Center. It actually encouraged us to become season pass holders. They aren’t just about having someone come one time. They’re really making an effort to help Sesame Place become the destination for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder to find comfort and to enjoy their vacation.

Find Out More About Becoming A Certified Autism Center™

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