Dolphin Discovery is the latest attraction to become a Certified Autism Center (CAC) to help ensure guests and families with children who have autism have the best possible experience. Dolphin Discovery’s Dolphin Cove in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, recently implemented a training and certification program provided by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). IBCCES also created custom sensory guides for each activity to help guests know what to expect when visiting.
“Dolphin Cove Jamaica is proud and honored to be the Jamaica attraction industry’s leader in being a Certified Autism Center. Families can be confident in booking their holiday and that their dream to ‘swim with the dolphins’ is now a reality. Be assured that our staff are trained to meet the needs of your family. We welcome families and individuals on the autism spectrum to our parks,” said Alejandro Raygoza, Subdirector of Caribbean Operations for Dolphin Discovery.
While research shows that travel and new experiences are some of the most intellectually stimulating events for individuals on the spectrum, there are still few trained and certified options for parents looking for destinations and attractions able to accommodate their needs. Organizations like IBCCES and Dolphin Discovery are working to change that.
“We’re excited to partner such a special organization that is truly committing to serving those on the spectrum. We want all families and individuals to have peace of mind when planning trips and new experiences and ultimately for everyone to have an amazing experience, no matter what their needs are,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman. “Our Certified Autism Center designation is awarded to premier organizations who have completed rigorous training and meet the highest industry standards.”
Many destinations tout “autism-friendly” options; however, this term does not necessarily indicate a true understanding of families’ requirements. More parents are now seeking out destinations that have completed research-based training and professional review to ensure the best experience possible. Dolphin Discovery will also be listed with other CACs on AutismMember.org, a partnership between IBCCES and Autism Society to connect families and individuals with businesses and resources committed to serving individuals on the spectrum.