Space Center Houston Earns Autism Center Designation Space Center Houston is the first space center to receive the designation of Certified Autism Center (CAC) from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Certification requirements include staff training, inspections, and improvements that help organizations better welcome and accommodate guests with autism spectrum disorder and other ... News in Brief
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Space Center Houston Earns Autism Center Designation
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News in Brief   |   September 01, 2018
Space Center Houston Earns Autism Center Designation
The ASHA Leader, September 2018, Vol. 23, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.23092018.12
The ASHA Leader, September 2018, Vol. 23, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.23092018.12
Space Center Houston is the first space center to receive the designation of Certified Autism Center (CAC) from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
Certification requirements include staff training, inspections, and improvements that help organizations better welcome and accommodate guests with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory and cognitive challenges. The designation also includes a commitment to maintain the training and provide a high-quality guest experience.
Families of children with special needs often hesitate to visit attractions such as museums and theme parks, which can be challenging because of sensory needs, dietary restrictions and safety concerns. IBCCES, which provides autism training for licensed health care professionals and educators, has created programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry.
Houston Space Center offers Sensory-Friendly Evenings with reduced lights, sounds and crowds; Space Center University for people with visual impairments; and other events designed for guests with special needs. The center’s booklet, the “Stellar Explorer Guide,” helps youth with autism and their families learn what to expect during a visit, and its “Vocabulary Cards” help visitors who are nonverbal or have a limited ability to speak. The center also has backpacks with sensory gear such as noise-canceling headphones and sunglasses available.
Parents can find a list of certified destinations and connect with other resources at the IBCCES-created AutismTravel.com.
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