March 28th, 2019
Canada’s largest indoor aquarium to offer special initiatives for autism families throughout April
In honour of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, 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.
“We’re thrilled that Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the first organization in the country to complete this process. Their team’s dedication is unmatched and we are so excited families will have another great option to experience together,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
Autism Ontario’s Family Support Coordinator, Sinthea Chowdhury agrees, “Being the first Canadian attraction to be an Autism Certified Center means more inclusivity, sensory integration and access to an invaluable community experience. We hope to see more Canadian attractions follow suit and foster a welcoming and barrier free environment,” she said.
Additionally, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will host several sensory-friendly days throughout April 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 on April 2nd, 7th, 14th and 28th; as well as on the first Sunday of the month the remainder of the year.
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