The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards has designated The GRAMMY Museum as a Certified Autism Center. This designation demonstrates the museum’s commitment to better serve individuals on the autism spectrum.
“The GRAMMY Museum is committed to increasing access to our interactive, educational experiences to visitors of all ages and abilities and their families. We are proud to be a Certified Autism Center and are excited to be continuing our progress of being as inclusive as possible for all to enjoy,” said Michael Sticka, President of the GRAMMY Museum.
Individuals and families with children on the autism spectrum often find choosing attractions and recreational opportunities difficult due to uncertainty about how they will be received and what accommodations are available. The GRAMMY Museum is the first destination to become a CAC in Los Angeles County and the first museum certified in California.
The GRAMMY Museum also hosts a free monthly community program for guests with sensory sensitivities and their families called Sensory Friendly Saturdays, which includes less crowding, quieter sound levels, and lower lighting. The Museum also hosts several education programs throughout the month designed for guests of all ages and abilities. Additionally, there are special tours available that can be given on a case-by-case basis, depending on the needs of the patron.
For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism certification for healthcare, education and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children who have special needs have limited travel options. In response to this need, IBCCES created training and certification programs specifically for the hospitality and attractions industry. More parents and individuals are seeking out destinations and organizations that have completed a certification program through an accredited source. IBCCES is the only credentialing organization providing this type of certification, which includes evidence-based information as well as the perspectives of individuals with autism, alongside other tools and resources such as on-site reviews and customized recommendations to ensure the program is a long-term commitment and has a lasting impact.
“Our mission to ensure as many organizations as possible complete the certification process so that there are committed and welcoming options for all families,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman. “We’re honored to work with premier organizations around the globe and are proud to add GRAMMY Museum to our network of Certified Autism Centers.”
IBCCES also created AutismTravel.com, a free online resource for parents that lists certified destinations and connects families to other resources and each other. Each destination listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center (CAC) requirements.