Chandler Parks and Recreation Earns Autism Center Certification

Chandler Parks and Recreation Division in Arizona earns Certified Autism Center designation from IBCCES. The division offers inclusive programs, including adaptive recreation options, to provide a welcoming environment for individuals with autism and sensory sensitivities.

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Chandler Parks and Recreation Earns Autism Center Certification

Chandler Parks and Recreation Earns Autism Center Certification

The Chandler Parks and Recreation Division in Arizona has achieved recognition as aCertified Autism Center(CAC) by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This certification showcases the division's dedication to fostering inclusive environments and programs for individuals with autism and sensory sensitivities, as well as their families.

Why this matters: This certification sets a precedent for other recreation divisions to prioritize inclusivity, potentially leading to a more widespread adoption of autism-friendly programs and services. As a result, individuals with autism and sensory sensitivities may have increased access to recreational activities, promoting greater social inclusion and community engagement.

To earn the certification, the Chandler Parks and Recreation team underwent specialized training focused on autism and participated in an on-site evaluation conducted by IBCCES. The division offers inclusive programs, including adaptive recreation options for individuals with disabilities, with the ability to provide personalized modifications.

Becky Kuiper, Chandler Recreation superintendent, stated,"Becoming a Certified Autism Center is a testament to the hard work the City of Chandler and its staff have put forth to become a more inclusive community. "The IBCCES certification processincludes ongoing support, continuous education, and on-site reviews to ensure the highest standards of inclusivity are maintained.

This summer, the Chandler Parks and Recreation Division will introduce adaptive swimming lessons and designated sensory swim times through Chandler Aquatics. These programs aim to provide a welcoming and accommodating environment for individuals with autism and sensory sensitivities to enjoy aquatic activities.

Myron Pincomb, board chairman of IBCCES, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, stating,"We're thrilled to partner with the City of Chandler Parks and Recreation Division and support their commitment to fostering a welcoming environment for autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals. "IBCCES maintainsAutismTravel.com, a complimentary online resource that lists locations and professionals meeting the CAC standards.

The Chandler Parks and Recreation Division's achievement of the Certified Autism Center designation on May 10, 2024, marks a significant milestone in their ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive community. By offering adaptive programs and services, the division is taking proactive steps to ensure that individuals with autism and sensory sensitivities can fully participate in recreational activities and enjoy the benefits of community engagement.