The City of Mesa received Autism Center Certification from IBCCES for its commitment to serve people with disabilities

Sandy Casariego

MESA, AZ — International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards once again recognized the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities Department as Certified Autism Center.

This renewal from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) shows the department has worked hard to ensure children with autism have a fun experience at its facilities according to Mesa Mayor John Giles.

In 2019, The department was the first parks and recreation organization to receive the certification. Since then, the department’s Autism and Sensory Training has been completed by over 250 full-time and part-time staff on autism overview, including communication, social skills, program development, sensory, environmental, and emotional awareness. Because of this, employees can better serve those with autism and special needs.

"Educating and training our staff provides comfort for the parent or individual with autism to visit our facilities or join our programs. We reduce the stress of the parent because they do not have to worry about how their child will be treated or if they will be welcomed into the program," said Andrea Moore, Mesa Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities Director.

In addition, many Sensory Guides have been installed by the Department all around the city, including at Riverview Park, Pioneer Park, Dobson Ranch Park, Red Mountain Center, Mesa Convention Center, and Skyline Aquatic Center. This guide provides insight into what impact does the attractions give to a child with sensory processing issues when visiting the venues.

Moreover, the City is also joining the WeThe15 campaign, which strives to represent and improve the lives of people with disabilities. A variety of activities are offered by the department for persons of all abilities, including sports, recreation, and leisure programs.

For more information about the City of Mesa’s autism and adaptive programs, please visit here.

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