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Visit Mesa is embarking on a shared journey to make Mesa the FIRST-EVER AUTISM CERTIFIED TRAVEL DESTINATION in the United States. 

Join us on November 18, 2019 for our official initiative announcement even - RSVP NOW

Are you interested in learning how to connect with more than 32 million travelers in a $262-billion market? 

Join us and help Mesa make history, Become Certified!

  • Certification will book more business and attract more visitors.
  • Certification provides an unmatched opportunity for Mesa to gain a unique competitive advantage.
  • Certification is the right thing to do to serve this growing, yet under-served community.

32 Million_Autism     $262 Billion_Autism

WHAT IS AUTISM CERTIFICATION?
Autism certification will establish Visit Mesa Partner businesses as CAC’s–Certified Autism Centers, and position Mesa, Arizona as the first-ever CAD–Certified Autism Destination. This designation will be heavily marketed and promoted to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) communities across the U.S. and within Mesa’s established target markets. Certification illustrates to those families affected by ASD that they can trust Mesa as a dedicated tourism destination serving individuals with autism. Certification is achieved when at least 80% of guest-facing staff is trained and certified in the field of autism. Through International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and Autism Travel, Mesa and our partners will be part of a network of trusted travel professionals already serving the ASD community.

WHO IS LEADING THIS CHARGE?
Visit Mesa has partnered with IBCCES to introduce the Path to Certification process to our partners. IBCCES is setting the standard for autism (and other cognitive disorders) certifications as the only known organization focused on the hospitality/travel industry. Their key insights, paired with their Autism Travel nationwide presence, will help our partners better understand the ASD community and their growing need for autism-certified travel destinations, attractions and hotels.

WHY NOW?
With a 600% increase autism diagnoses in the U.S., autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the world.  Visit Mesa is committed to serving this growing audience of potential visitors.
•  All-new Family Travel Guide for ASD and other special needs travelers
•  Mesa hospitality community audit by IBCCES experts
•  Nationwide geo- and demographic-targeted marketing campaigns
•  Networking opportunities and new connections through IBCCES
•  Dedicated online presence featuring certified Mesa partners
•  Mobile apps designed for ASD travelers

1 in 59_Autism    600% Increase_Autism

WE BELIEVE…
Visit Mesa and our governing Board of Directors believe certification is the right thing to do to serve this growing, yet underserved community. It's an unmatched opportunity for Mesa to elevate our national travel brand and our destination promise, as well as to book more business and attract more visitors to our City Limitless® destination.

JOIN US
Visit Mesa has already secured commitments from Mesa hospitality leaders who will participate in the autism certification process with their front-facing employees and key staff. Join us and help Mesa make history!

CERTIFICATION IS AS EASY AS 1-2-3!

  1. If you want to learn more, we will introduce you to IBCCES, the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.
  2. Check your inbox. IBCCES will contact you to share more details and start your training.
  3. Watch and learn. IBCCES’s course content includes a training video followed by a 20-question knowledge check assessment of common behaviors and sensory considerations associated with autism spectrum disorders.

Learn more at https://ibcces.org/cac-info/

COMPANIES THAT HAVE COMPLETED OR COMMITTED TO CERTIFICATION:

All Aboard America

Arizona Goat Yoga

Arizona Museum of Natural History

Arizona Office of Tourism

Best Western Plus Mesa

•  Butterfly Wonderland

City of Mesa: Fire & Medical Department

City of Mesa: Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities

• City of Mesa: Police Department

• College Bound AZ

Copa Health, powered by MARC Community Resources and Partners in Recovery

Courtyard Phoenix Mesa

• Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix-Mesa

Differently Abled Mothers Empowerment Society (DAMES)

East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

East Valley Partnership

Escape Rooms Mesa

• Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport

Friendly Auto Care

Gateway Bank

Helen's Hope Chest

Hilton Phoenix Mesa

• Hohokam Stadium (Oakland A's)

House of Refuge

Hyatt Place Phoenix-Mesa

i.d.e.a. Museum

Jake’s Unlimited

• Jarrod's Coffee, Tea & Gallery

Lexington Therapy

Longbow Golf Club

Main Street Bar & Grill

Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Mesa Convention Center

Mesa Film Festival

Mesa Hohokams

Mesa Music Festival

• Mesa Public Library at Dobson Ranch

Norris Air

• OdySea Aquarium

• Pawsitive Friendships

Residence Inn Phoenix Mesa

• Riverbound Sports Paddle Co.

•  Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch

Salt River Project (SRP)

Salt River Vaulters

Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West

Sloan Park (Chicago Cubs)

Town of Queen Creek: Parks & Recreation Department

• True Garden Urban Farm

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