The Largest Historical Museum in Tulare County is Now a Certified Autism Center™

children with tour guide looking at the plants

Tulare County Museum has earned the Certified Autism Center™(CAC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The CAC certification demonstrates Tulare County Museum’s commitment to making all guests, including those with autism and other sensory sensitivities, feel welcome. To meet the requirements of the CAC designation, Museum staff completed training and certification to better understand and enhance the experience for autistic visitors.

People in the Exhibit Reception“The Tulare County Museum serves a large community, and we strive to be inclusive of all visitors. This program has helped us take greater steps toward that goal of inclusivity,” says Amy King-Sunderson the Museum Curator.

Tulare County Museum has joined other organizations locally as part of an effort initiated by Visit Visalia to pursue the Certified Autism Destination designation through IBCCES, which would mean visitors have access to a multitude of trained and certified options when looking for entertainment, recreation, and travel options in the area.

Father and son looking at the display“We’re proud to work with Tulare County Museum and support them as they enhance the guest experience at their museum and continue the journey with others in the community working toward making Visalia a more accessible destination,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.

IBCCES also created, as a free online resource for parents that lists certified locations and professionals. Each organization listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) requirements.

About Tulare County Museum:

The Tulare County Museum is the largest museum in Tulare County, housing one of the largest Native American basket collections in California, as well as artifacts of the pioneer era, an extensive gun and saddle collection complete with Visalia Saddles, agriculture equipment from the turn of the century, restored buildings from the late 1800s, and many other treasures that tell the history of Tulare County. The newest addition to the Museum is the History of Tulare County Farm Labor and Agriculture Museum, where several cultural groups and their contributions to farm labor and agriculture are featured. Cultural diversity is an essential source of Tulare County’s rich history. As history continues to be made, it is important to be aware of the impact our preceding and ongoing history has on our present and future. To reach its potential, our community needs to understand the contributions of different cultural groups, individuals, and innovations and their influence on our history. The Tulare County Museum is uniquely positioned to promote this understanding.  The museum aims to educate residents of Tulare County as well as visitors on the importance of Tulare County and its history with the hope of recognizing the unique role it has played in California History.

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