Autism Live 1.22.24: Visit Anaheim

Shannon is joined by Emmy Award-Winning journalist Gabriela Teissier and Sue O’Shea the Senior Director of Marketing at Visit Anaheim.

Visit Anaheim has taken the unprecedented step to become a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), which is a designation granted by the International Board of Credentialling and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). IBCCES awards this credential to organizations whose staff have completed specialized training and a certification process to better understand and assist autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors and their families.  Visit Anaheim’s designation as a Certified Autism Center signifies the organization’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. Ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can experience the magic of the destination is a top priority for the organization. The Visit Anaheim team completing the CAC program is the first step in Visit Anaheim’s initiative to make Anaheim the next Certified Autism Destination™ (CAD), which means visitors have multiple trained and certified options to choose from when in the area, including entertainment, recreation and hospitality options. Visit Anaheim has partnered with IBCCES to involve key tourism, hospitality, and recreation organizations in the community to complete autism training and certification, helping earn the community designation to attract new visitors to the area and better serve residents.

On February 14th Visit Anaheim will host a ReConnect Event: Autism and Sensory Needs Certification from 3-8pm at the Great Wolf Lodge.  This event will help local businesses and attractions gain information about including and supporting individuals on the spectrum and their families as well as gaining certification. Gabriela Teissier will be the guest speaker for the event.  Teisseir serves on the board of directors of Autism Care Today!  Email for more information. #visitanaheim #CertifiedAutismCenter

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