Certified Autism Centers
Our family loves to travel. Little Man has been flying since he was 6 months old. And even with his autism, we have been able to get through the airport and fly without any meltdowns. Well maybe a few by myself, like after the time I left his backpack at the TSA screening area and had to go back and run back to the gate. That was a stressful one, but he still stayed calm and happy.
As much as we love to travel and believe it truly is for EVERYONE, and as great as JR does; we still need to plan around his needs. This is something every family with autism needs to do. And when your child has many needs, your vacation can seem more like work than relaxation. Many feel like all they are doing is taking their everyday stress and issues and moving it from their home to a hotel room. Not fun at all!
What is a Certified Autism Center?
But what if your destination is Autism Friendly? And I don’t just mean acceptance of your child. But having highly trained staff and are fully equipped to serve this 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
- Is committed to ongoing training in autism
But of course, we can’t just leave it up to the venues to say for themselves they meet the needs and requirement. That’s where IBCCES comes in.
The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards
IBCCES identified a need for standardization within healthcare, education, and corporate environments to meet the growing needs of those with cognitive disorders. We assembled a board of thought leaders and experts in these fields to address the growing international need and create a series of certification programs in autism, ADHD, sensory disorders, dementia, mental health, dyslexia, and other cognitive disorders and special needs.
IBCCES’ recognized certification programs were established to set industry standards and create a worldwide community of trained and knowledgeable professionals. As the impact of cognitive disorders now reaches 1 in 4 people, their team continues to grow and expand.
What This Means For You
Parents with children on the autism spectrum have found travel to be difficult due to their child’s sensory needs, dietary restrictions and their safety concerns. IBCCES destinations are suitable for all families as they have the tools and activities to make a for a stress-free experience.
You will find that venues activities and excursions will offer a Sensory Guide rating and a review. This allows parents and participants to better understand what the activity entails and how it may affect an individual with ASD. This rating review is performed by therapists and autism
experts and will be offered at participating resorts and destinations to ensure a more confident, safe and enjoyable experience.
How To Find Certified Autism Centers
IBCCES also created AutismTravel.com, a free online resource for parents that lists certified destinations and connects families to other resources and each other. Each destination listed on the site has met the Certified Autism Center (CAC) requirements.
Here are but a few:
- Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta GA
- Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
- Beaches Resorts
- Nickelodeon Universe
- Aquatica Orlando
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Children’s Museum Of Houston
- Colonial Quarters Tour – St. Augustine, FL
- Discovery Cove, FL
- EdVenture, SC
- Elmwood Park Zoo, PA
- Johnny Morris’ Wonders Of Wildlife National Museum And Aquarium, MO
- Kennywood Park, PA
- Space Center Houston