Orlando Hotel Among First to Earn Autism Certification
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Orlando Hotel Among First to Earn Autism Certification

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DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld earns Certified Autism Center designation.

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, spanning 28 acres within the heart of International Drive, has completed the certification programming required to earn the Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation. This designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and ensures staff have the best training to provide guests with autism, or other sensory needs, an experience tailored to their needs. DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld joins their neighboring partners and fellow CACs SeaWorld® Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove to become an inclusive destination for all.

Families with children on the autism spectrum often face hurdles when it comes to planning for a vacation, or weekend getaway, due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions, and safety concerns. The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld priority is creating meaningful moments to make guests feel special, and the CAC designation aligns seamlessly with this commitment.

“DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is pleased to be among the first Orlando resorts to operate as a Certified Autism Center,” said Harold Bassler, general manager of the DoubleTree resort. “With the completion of the IBCCES training program, our property is now in compliance with all certification requirements, and our associates are trained to provide even more memorable experiences for all of our guests, including those with autism and other special needs. This notable achievement allows us to continue in our mission to offer service exceeding every guest’s expectation.”

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For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism and cognitive disorder training and certification for healthcare professionals and educators around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families and individuals who have special needs have limited travel options. In response to this need, IBCCES created training and certification programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry. While research shows that travel is one of the most intellectually stimulating events for individuals on the autism spectrum, there are still few trained and certified travel options for parents looking for destinations able to accommodate their needs. More parents are seeking out destinations that have completed research-based training and professional review as they review search for options.

“IBCCES is delighted that families and visitors to SeaWorld Parks and Hotels Orlando may now enjoy a fully inclusive experience provided by this network of CAC,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairperson. “We know how important certification and training is for these destinations to provide the best possible experience for all visitors.”

IBCCES also created www.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 CAC requirements.

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About DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Nestled within lush, native palms and tropical fountains, DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld offers a relaxing oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while conveniently situated in the heart of Orlando, providing guests steps-away access to SeaWorld® Parks, as well as ideal proximity to Universal, Disney and The Orange County Convention Center. The recent renovation elevated the property to accommodate even more business and leisure groups with new, state-of-the-art venue space and services, complemented by new outdoor lawns, complete renovations to public areas and 1,020 refreshed guestrooms. Guests enjoy brick-lined walkways, lush tropical landscaping, palm tree-lined swimming pools, and enticing family recreation activities. Five dining outlets and options are available to accommodate a variety of culinary interests. DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is Orlando’s largest DoubleTree and most inviting hotel delivering a resort-like experience to meeting attendees, business travelers and leisure visitors alike. For more information on meetings and events at DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, call (407) 352-1100. Follow socially on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)

Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders – IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are the only training and certification programs endorsed by the largest grassroots autism organization in the world, The Autism Society of America, and recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders. As part of our commitment to sharing the latest innovations and research, IBCCES also hosts the International Symposium on Cognitive Research and Disorders to create a forum for collaboration among industry stakeholders.