Visit Visalia is pleased that we are the first California Destination Marketing Organization that has achieved certification as a Certified Autism Center through IBCCES (International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.) This designation means that visitors with autism can travel with confidence knowing that we are prioritizing accessibility and inclusion. To help families make their travel plans, we have compiled local resources that will help.

What is a Certified Autism Center?

The requirements to become a CAC through IBCCES include training at least 80% of guest or public-facing staff in autism and sensory disorders through IBCCES. The process may also include an onsite review, as well as the creation of sensory guides for attractions and interactive spaces. The goal is to better prepare staff and management to serve individuals with autism or sensory needs. The certification must be renewed every 2 years with updated training provided for staff at each certified organization.

For travel and leisure-related organizations, such as hotels, attractions, and visitor services, staff are trained to better understand what autism is (and isn’t), how to empathize and understand how individuals with autism experience the world, communicate more effectively, and be aware of common sensitivities and concerns in a recreational environment.


LEARN WHY YOU SHOULD BECOME AUTISM CERTIFIED
VISIT VISALIA
VALLEY OAKS GOLF COURSE
COMFORT SUITES
HAMPTON INN
VISALIA MARRIOTT
Wyndham Visalia
LAMP LITER INN
Adventure Park
ImagineU Children's Museum
Farmer Bob's World
TULARE COUNTY MUSEUM
Arts Visalia
DOWNTOWN VISALIANS
Best Western Hotel

Our CAC partner list is growing! These partners have committed to completing the training to be certified by IBCCES as a Certified Autism Center. 

FAIRFIELD INN VISALIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS VISALIA
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