Anaheim, California, is renowned around the world for world-class entertainment stadiums, stunning Orange County beaches, and – of course – Disneyland. A new city-wide accessibility initiative only adds to its appeal.
Visit Anaheim, the official destination organisation for the city, is now a Certified Autism Center™. This designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organisations whose staff have completed specialised training in understanding and assisting people with autism and sensory sensitivities.
“Visit Anaheim’s designation as a Certified Autism Center™ signifies our commitment to inclusivity and accessibility,” said Christina Dawson, Senior Vice President of Operations at Visit Anaheim. “It’s not just about what our city offers; it’s about ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can experience the magic of our vibrant destination.”
This is the first step in Visit Anaheim’s initiative to make Anaheim a Certified Autism Destination™. As a CAD, Anaheim will welcome autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors with specially trained and accredited entertainment, recreation, and hospitality options.
Myron Pincomb, IBCCES board chairman, says: “We’re excited to continue working with the city on their continued inclusivity initiative to become a Certified Autism Destination™ and further expand their accessibility offerings.”
As travellers with sensory sensitivities well know, visiting a destination where staff have been trained to provide the support you need makes a holiday a much more enjoyable experience. We’re looking forward to seeing Visit Anaheim taking more steps towards making their destination safe and inclusive for all.