Hyland Hills Water World has earned the Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The certification demonstrates the park’s commitment to providing a welcoming environment for guests with autism and other sensory sensitivities.
To receive the CAC designation, Hyland Hills Water World staff completed a training and certification program to learn how to better communicate and engage with guests with sensory needs and their family members, as well as safety concerns and protocols. The park also received an onsite review provided by IBCCES which included sensory guides for rides and recommendations to ensure guest experience is as positive as possible.
“Hyland Hills Water World strives to be inclusive and welcoming to all of our visitors. We are so proud of the IBCCES designation and appreciate the opportunity to open our doors to new folks who may not have felt able to visit our world- class waterpark in the past,” said Joann Cortez, spokesperson.
For more than 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for education, healthcare, and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children who have special needs have limited travel and recreation options. In response to this need, IBCCES created training and certification programs specifically for the attractions and destinations. IBCCES is the only credentialing organization providing this type of certification, which includes evidence-based best practices as well as the perspectives of individuals with autism, alongside other tools and resources to ensure the program is a long-term commitment and has a lasting impact.
“We’re excited to announce Hyland Hills Water World’s certification,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman. “The completion of our program provides an extra level of confidence and compassion for their staff so that they can best serve all of their guests and continue their commitment to comprehensive accessibility options.”
“We are so proud of the IBCCES designation and appreciate the opportunity to open our doors to new folks who may not have felt able to visit our world- class waterpark in the past.”
Joann Cortez, Water World
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.
Hyland Hills Water World is one of the nation’s largest family water parks boasting 51 thrilling and unique attractions on 70 beautiful acres. Now in its 41st season, community-owned Water World, which has hosted more than 16 million guests over the years, is again being acknowledged as one of the best water parks in the world. The park is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (weather permitting). Visit waterworldcolorado.com for ticket details, options and more information.
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