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Toledo, OH: More places now Certified Autism Centers

Jan 20, 2024, The Monroe News: Two Toledo centers join Toledo's growing list of Certified Autism Centers
Toledo has two more Certified Autism Centers.

Glass City Center and Huntington Center have both recently received their Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation.
Other Toledo organizations that have completed the CAC program include: Destination Toledo, Toledo Express Airport, Valentine Theatre, Sylvania Chamber, Avenues for Autism, Boyd's Retro Candy, Wingate by Wyndham Sylvania/Toledo, Toledo Speedway BMX and Toledo Museum of Art. Other organizations in the area are in the process of completion. No Monroe County locations are on the list.

In December Toledo's The Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport became the first airport in the country to receive the Certified Autism Center designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.

"The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) grants this credential to organizations that prove their ongoing commitment to creating an environment that welcomes, includes and accommodates autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals," Destination Toledo said in a news release.

To become a CAC, organizations must completed a comprehensive training and certification process to ensure they are equipped with the skills, resources and understanding of the best practices for accommodating autistic and sensory-sensitive travelers and their families.

“Our teams at Glass City Center and Huntington Center are committed to providing all of our guests with an outstanding experience,” said Steve Miller, general manager at Glass City Center and Huntington Center. “Individuals with autism and their families are searching for activities and attractions that have their well-being in mind, and we want them to safely and enjoyably experience all of the exciting events happening at our venues.”

“Having some of our area’s most beloved and most frequently visited venues become Certified Autism Centers is key to helping us reach our goal of making Toledo a Certified Autism Destination and welcoming an underserved market of individuals and families with sensory needs,” said Lance Woodworth, president and CEO of Destination Toledo. “When we’re mindful of the needs of our guests, we’re not only making memorable and positive memories for them, but we’re also improving the quality of life for everyone who lives, learns, works, and plays in Toledo.”


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