Rail­road crew re­ceives autism cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - From Cole­brook­dale Rail­road, The Se­cret Val­ley Line

Cole­brook­dale Rail­road has com­pleted the process of be­com­ing a Cer­ti­fied Autism Cen­ter, which is a des­ig­na­tion that demon­strates the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing guests and fam­i­lies with chil­dren who have autism and sen­sory dis­or­ders have the best pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. Stretch­ing be­tween Berks and Mont­gomery coun­ties, the Cole­brook­dale Rail­road tra­verses the Se­cret Val­ley, one of the most scenic and his­toric re­gions in the north­east.

“This is very im­por­tant to the rail­road be­cause from time to time we have chil­dren with autism ride our train, es­pe­cially when we run our yearly Autism Train,” said Frank But­taro Jr., di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and busi­ness devel­op­ment at Cole­brook­dale. “It is also mean­ing­ful to me since my grand­son is on the spec­trum.”

Cole­brook­dale Rail­road im­ple­mented the CAC pro­gram, which re­quires staff train­ing and cer-

tifi­ca­tion through the In­ter­na­tional Board of Cre­den­tial­ing and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Stan­dards (IBCCES), to fur­ther wel­come all fam­i­lies, re­gard­less of their needs.

In re­cent years, the pop­u­lar­ity of “autism-friendly” op­tions has grown; how­ever, par­ents and fam­i­lies of­ten seek out or­ga­ni­za­tions that have com­pleted ad­di­tional re­search-based train­ing or cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to en­sure their needs can be met. For al­most 20 years, IBCCES has been the in­dus­try leader in autism train­ing for health­care, ed­u­ca­tion and cor­po­rate pro­fes­sion­als around the globe. IBCCES rec­og­nized that many fam­i­lies with chil­dren with spe­cial needs have lim­ited travel and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions and cre­ated pro­grams specif­i­cally for those in­dus­tries.

“We’re proud to work with in­dus­try lead­ers and pi­o­neer­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Cole­brook­dale Rail­road to en­sure in­di­vid­u­als on the spec­trum or those with sen­sory dis­or­ders have ac­cess to trained and cer­ti­fied at­trac­tions and venues,” said My­ron Pin­comb, IBCCES Board Chair­man.

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 or at­trac­tion listed on the site has met Cer­ti­fied Autism Cen­ter re­quire­ments, which in­clude ex­ten­sive staff train­ing con­ducted by lead­ing autism ex­perts

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