What is a Certified Autism Center?
Becoming a Certified Autism Center (CAC) through IBCCES means an organization or business must ensure at least 80% of their guest-facing or public-interacting staff receive training in autism and sensory disorders through IBCCES. The certification process may also include an onsite review and the development of sensory guides for attractions and interactive spaces. The goal is to equip staff and management with the skills and knowledge necessary to serve individuals with autism or sensory needs. The CAC certification must be renewed every two years, with updated training provided for staff.
Who is IBCCES?
Founded in 2001, IBCCES is an independent credentialing organization. It is dedicated to providing specialized training and certification to professionals working with individuals affected by autism and other cognitive disorders. IBCCES operates as a social impact company, with a mission to offer training and certification to professionals in corporate, educational, and healthcare fields, ultimately enhancing the experiences and outcomes for individuals with autism and related disorders. IBCCES is a prominent authority in cognitive disorder training and certification, including autism, operating in over 70 countries worldwide.
What does it mean when an individual has been trained as part of the CAC process?
IBCCES offers industry and position-specific training, as well as individual professional credentials. Depending on an individual’s position within an organization, their training may have focused on guest service and building empathy and understanding of what visitors with autism may need, or it may have been more extensive to include specific techniques and strategies for professionals working within specific environments or scenarios.