Georgia Aquarium has become the first aquarium to be designated a Certified Autism Center. This title is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Essentially, this new certification means that any visitors on the autism spectrum or with other sensory disorders can enjoy the best possible visit that caters to their needs. To achieve this, the Aquarium Guest Experience, Training, and Education teams had to train a minimum of 80% of our front-line staff and volunteers on working with guests on the spectrum – while maintaining certain facility options for this demographic as well.
Georgia Aquarium will now be listed on IBCCES website AutismTravel.com, a free online source for parents and caregivers that lists certified destinations.
Also, you can use Georgia Aquarium’s social story to assist you in preparing for your aquarium visit. A resource for our younger audience or guests with sensory sensitivities, this tool exists to ensure you have the most enjoyable experience possible.