Visit High Point is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that have completed training and certification to better understand and assist visitors who are autistic or have other sensory needs. Visit High Point is the first Destination Marketing Organization in North Carolina to achieve this designation.
“We are honored to be the first Destination Marketing Organization in the state to become a Certified Autism Center™,” says Melody Burnett, Visit High Point president.“Our promise is to bring our hospitality partners alongside us as we make High Point the most inclusive and welcoming city in North Carolina, not only for visitors but for our residents with children living on the autism spectrum.”
The Visit High Point team and board completing the CAC program are the first steps in their initiative to make High Point the next Certified Autism Destination, which means visitors have multiple trained and certified options to choose from when in the area, including entertainment, recreation, and hotel options. Visit High Point has partnered with IBCCES to involve key tourism, hospitality, and recreation organizations in the community, such as the City of High Point, to complete autism training and certification to earn the community designation to attract new visitors to the area and better serve residents.
“IBCCES is thrilled to work with the Visit High Point team to build a more inclusive community. Their staff is committed to enhancing inclusion and is part of a movement within the industry to lead the way toward more welcoming and engaging destinations for ALL visitors,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
For more than 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for education, healthcare, and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES provides evidence-based training and certification programs created in conjunction with clinical experts and individuals with autism to provide professionals serving individuals with cognitive disorders a better understanding of what these disorders are, industry best practices, and the latest research in these areas.
IBCCES also manages AutismTravel.com, a free online resource for families that lists certified destinations and resources to plan their leisure experiences. Each destination listed on the site has met the Certified Autism Center (CAC) requirements.
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