VillaKey has completed the process of becoming a Certified Autism Center, which is a designation that demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring their clients who have autism or sensory sensitivities will have the best possible experience. This is the first vacation rental company globally to earn the CAC designation.
VillaKey has helped families, many with children on the autism spectrum, book vacation home rentals for years, but they furthered their commitment to serving those clients by completing the CAC program, which includes evidence-based staff training, through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). As a Certified Autism Center, parents can rest assured when booking through VillaKey that their needs will be understood and VillaKey’s experts will guide them to the best option for their family.
“We know from experience how challenging it can be for families living with autism to find the right place to stay when they travel. We are excited to be able to offer our families the privacy, calm and sense of security that can only be found in a vacation rental home,” says Alice Horn, the CEO of VillaKey.
VillaKey is currently focused on Florida and Colorado, with about 1,200 homes on the platform. The company will soon be expanding to markets across the U.S., with a special focus on destinations and attractions that are appealing to autism families. In addition to the CAC training and certification, homes are hand-picked for the autism market and emphasize sensory-friendly décor, door chimes for security, fragrance-free cleaning products, and full kitchens for special diets. Service pets are welcome in the homes.
As a mission-driven business, VillaKey partners with select nonprofits to help families make vacation memories together. The company contributes 10% from every booking on its platform to the VillaKey Cares™ fund to help support travel expenses for families living with autism who may not have the resources to afford a vacation on their own.
“Our Certified Autism Center designation is awarded to premier organizations around the world who have gone above and beyond to ensure their guests have the best experience possible. We’re proud to work with VillaKey to offer even better travel experiences. Training and certification are so important to make sure these families’ needs are met,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
VillaKey (https://myvillakey.com/autism-friendly) is the travel platform for 11M families living with autism and other developmental disabilities. We help families prepare for their vacation and book the perfect vacation rental home. Through a national partnership, we are poised for expansion with over 6,000 homes throughout the U.S. 10% of every booking helps deserving families living with autism make vacation memories together. Check out the VILLAKEY VIDEO.