Become Autism Certified | Visit Mesa

Become Autism Certified

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


Mesa, Arizona is the first-ever CAD –Certified Autism Destination. This designation has been heavily marketed and promoted to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) communities across the U.S. and within Mesa’s established target markets. Certification illustrates to individuals and 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 the 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.


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. It is part of our overall mission to become one of the most accessible cities in the nation.


Mesa has over 60 businesses and 5,000 individuals who have become autism certified. Become part of this transformative initiative by seeking autism certification. Taking this step affirms a profound commitment to inclusiveness, one that your customers and staff will deeply appreciate, and positions your business as a trailblazer in fostering an environment of diversity and universal access.

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Autism Certified

Mesa makes travel planning easy for families on the spectrum.

Visit Mesa is the first Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) to be certified in the nation! Visit Mesa along with assistance from the City of Mesa and the Mesa Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded the autism certification effort to lead our city to become the 1st Autism Certified City in the Country!

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