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Willanette Valley, OR: Visitor Assoc. is now "Certified Autism Center" (CAC)

April 10, 2023, Yahoo Finance: Willamette Valley Visitors Association Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month with Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) Designation from The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) https://finance.yahoo.com/news/willamette-valley-visitors-association-celebrates-140000575.html

SALEM, Ore-- The Willamette Valley Visitors Association (WVVA) has worked with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in training and certification programs, to receive designation as a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) – a timely announcement for April which is celebrated as Autism Acceptance month. The esteemed certification is granted to businesses and organizations that have gone above and beyond to make their experience more accessible and enjoyable for autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals. In order to receive the CAC designation, WVVA’s team has completed training and certification in best practices and is committed to undergoing additional autism-specific training to be better equipped in providing inclusive experiences….

Many autistic individuals and their families want to travel yet may worry they will not be understood, welcomed, or have access to accommodation needs. Recently the CDC updated the autism diagnosis rate to 1 in 36 children, which means the need for more hospitality and entertainment options for these travelers and their families has never been greater. WVVA is also initiating a movement with the help of IBCCES to become a Certified Autism Destination™ (CAD). The CAD designation is awarded to destinations where hospitality and recreation organizations are trained and certified to better serve autistic individuals and those with other sensory disorders. WVVA's team is taking the first steps to help build a more inclusive community….



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