“Autism Friendly” just isn’t good enough

Individuals on the autism spectrum need more places where they can have fun, learn and feel that their needs will be understood. Research has shown that engaging in stimulating activities such as travel, experiencing new environments, animals, water interaction, and outdoor play are therapeutic for children and individuals on the autism spectrum.

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, destinations and other organizations have little to no credibility in this ever-growing market.

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 of autism
  • 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 individual activities.

Certified Autism Center Benefits

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  • Position specific, customized online training for staff
  • Access to online Member Learning community for your staff to receive ongoing training access after completion of certification
  • Gain knowledge and confidence in customer-facing scenarios
  • 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


  • Listing on International Online Registry of Certified Autism Centers
  • Press release from IBCCES announcing the CAC designation
  • Framed certification for display in lobby
  • Customized identification adhesives to showcase on ID badges
  • Validated Digital Certification Badge for website and social media
  • Featured on AutismTravel.com, accessible to over 5.6 million parents, individuals and families worldwide
  • Certified Autism Center™ announcement to all travel agents who have completed the Certified Autism Travel Professional training

Competitive Advantage

  • Gain recognition and distinguish yourself from competition in a fast growing market
  • Empower your staff
  • Become confident in your ability to provide service to a $262 billion, underserved market
  • Increase market share and drive revenue
  • Ability to contact IBCCES experts at any time with questions



1 in 6 sensory stat

1 in 6 people have a sensory disorder that affects their day-to-day life.

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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 CertifiedAutismCenter.com and AutismTravel.com, 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.

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“My autistic son loves your zoo! We came last year and did the zip line above the zoo. I thought he would not do it because of his fear of heights, but he followed all of the directions the instructor gave and he wanted to go ahead of me and his brother! It was a milestone in his life. He loved it so much he didn’t want to leave. Can’t wait to come back!
– Michelle, Mother and Elmwood Park Zoo Guest

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