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Alexandria, VA: Animal Welfare League now Certified Autism Center

April 25, 2023, Zebra, Alexandria, VA: Alexandria’s Animal Welfare League Is Certified Autism Center, Becomes First U.S. Animal Welfare Organization to Earn Designation
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is now a Certified Autism Center. Awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), it is the first animal welfare organization in the country with the designation.

“At the AWLA, we strive to be welcoming and inclusive,” said AWLA Executive Director Stella Hanly in a statement. “As a Certified Autism Center, we continue to show our community that everyone is welcome at our facility.”

Every business that earns the designation must, according to the IBCCES website, adhere to the following requirements:

1) Possess a dedication to serve individuals with autism

2) 2) Have at least 80% of staff trained and certified in the field of autism

3) 3) Remain committed to ongoing training in autism

In addition to staff training, the AWLA can provide helpful items as needed such as noise-cancelling headphones, sunglasses, fidget devices, and cards that can help visitors

communicate with the staff to describe what they need or feel. The AWLA also has a special quiet room to help visitors decompress.

The CDC reports that one in 36 children have been identified as having autism spectrum disorder. …

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