certified autism center

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is pleased to announce that it has been designated as a Certified Autism Center by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). After completing intensive autism sensitivity and awareness training, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the first attraction in Canada to receive this important designation.

Becoming a Certified Autism Center demonstrates an organization’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience. As part of the certification process, Ripley’s Aquarium staff underwent extensive training as well as an onsite review which involved the integration of IBCCES Sensory Guides at each exhibit to give visitors more information on sensory impacts.

Additionally, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada hosts monthly sensory-friendly hours throughout the year, which will offer increased lighting, a music-free environment and a quiet room for guests who require a break. These sensory days were developed in conjunction with Autism Ontario and will occur monthly. Please check our events calendar for upcoming dates.

Please note that we experience higher than normal attendance numbers on sensory friendly days that occur during TDSB Holidays. Learn more here.

*Sensory dates and times may vary.

Upcoming Dates

Oct 04

Sensory Friendly Day

October 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nov 01

Sensory Friendly Day

November 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dec 06

Sensory Friendly Day

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Download and Print Sensory Guides Here

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