More family-friendly Visalia attractions trained to welcome visitors with autism

Visalia, Calif. (March 3, 2022) -  Visit Visalia is thrilled to announce that our list of Certified Autism Centers has grown by one more. The Tulare County Museum of Farm Labor and Culture, located in Visalia’s Mooney Grove Park, is the most recent local attraction designated as a Certified Autism Center™(CAC) by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Certification is granted to organizations that complete position-specific training and certification to help staff better communicate and serve visitors with autism and sensory sensitivities. The museum has joined the Visit Visalia-led initiative to create a welcoming and compassionate destination for travelers with autism.

“Tulare County Museum welcomes visitors from across the globe and locally to explore the rich history of this area,” said museum curator Amy King. “What our staff has learned through this training to become a Certified Autism Center™ makes us better equipped to serve all of our museum visitors, especially those with autism.” 

Autism diagnoses are on the rise each year with about 1 in 44 children in the U.S. identified as having ASD according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html) It is estimated that 1 in 6 people have sensory needs and millions of adults are on the spectrum but undiagnosed. 

“Activities like visiting a museum can be a highlight when traveling, especially for those with autism, because they are specifically geared to people who are passionate about particular areas of interest and require little to no social engagement.  Families visiting will experience opportunities for visual and hands-on learning and do so knowing that staff understands the challenges families face and can help ease those difficulties. The museum adds to Visalia’s list of hotels, sports facilities and attractions that families can choose from when planning their vacation to our city,” said Nellie Freeborn, executive director of Visit Visalia. “We congratulate Tulare County Museum on their achievement and for making this commitment to travelers with autism.” 

The Tulare County Museum offers special events throughout the year as well as a rotating series of exhibits that highlight the rich and diverse cultures that have helped shape Tulare County. Current exhibit and upcoming event:

Visitors can find more information about the museum and their upcoming events on their website (https://tularecountymuseum.org/) Visit Visalia is working to make vacation planning easier for our visitors with special needs. They can learn more about accessible travel to Visalia on the Visit Visalia website [https://www.visitvisalia.com/accessible-travel] which includes information about all the Visalia businesses that are autism certified and a video series about accessibility in the nearby Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.



Visit Visalia is a collaboration of the Visalia Tourism and Marketing District and the Visalia Convention and Visitors Bureau (VCVB) dedicated to marketing, advertising, public relations and other promotional efforts that inspire travel to the City of Visalia. Visit Visalia works closely with local lodging properties, restaurants and attractions to foster interest in Visalia as a year-round destination for leisure, family, and meeting and convention travelers. For more information about Visit Visalia go to www.VisitVisalia.com and follow Visit Visalia on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


The Tulare County Museum is the largest museum in Tulare County, housing one of the largest Native American basket collections in California, as well as artifacts of the pioneer era, agriculture equipment, restored buildings from the late 1800s, and many other treasures that tell the history of Tulare County. The newest addition to the Museum is the History of Farm Labor and Agriculture Museum, where several cultural groups and their contributions to farm labor and agriculture will be featured. The museum aims to educate residents of Tulare County as well as visitors on the importance of Tulare County and its history with the hope of recognizing the unique role it has played in California History. For more information about the Museum and its activities, visit tularecountymuseum.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Media Contacts:

Visit Visalia
Suzanne Bianco, Tourism Marketing Director
Email: Suzanne@VisitVisalia.com
(559) 334-0141

Tulare County Museum
Amy King Sunderson, Tulare County Museum Curator
Email: aking1@tularecounty.ca.gov
Phone: 559-624-7326

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