High Point: A Certified Autism Destination

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High Point has been designated as a Certified Autism Destination™, which is awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This designation means that autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors can travel with confidence, knowing that we are prioritizing accessibility and inclusion and offer a variety of autism-certified entertainment, recreation, and lodging options. 

Because of the number of tourism partners throughout the city that have completed specialized training through IBCCES and are now Certified Autism Centers™, we are now a Certified Autism Destination™.

High Point's Autism Travel Guide

Visit High Point created the Autism Travel Guide to be a resource for families to learn about High Point’s Certified Autism Destination (CAD) designation, local Certified Autism Centers, and community resources. This guide can be viewed as a digital download and you can also request a print copy mailed to you. Use our Autism Travel Guide to help plan your inclusive trip to the first CAD on the east coast!

Certified Autism Centers

Many High Point hospitality partners and businesses have made the commitment to become Certified Autism Centers (CAC) through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, IBCCES. Meaning, they have gone through autism and sensory-sensitivity and awareness training and are equipped to serve guests on the autism spectrum, their families and caregivers. Explore the CAC’s below or check out our 2-day itinerary, which outlines a sensory-friendly 48 hour experience in High Point!

Restaurants

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Giannos is an award-winning Italian restaurant that has been serving the Triad for over 20 years. Guests love their stone-oven pizza, pasta, and Italian sandwiches. Their staff is ready to serve you delicious food in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

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Sweet Old Bill’s combines traditional NC BBQ with Texas style brisket, smoked chicken, ribs as well as a variety of appetizers, salads and sandwiches. Giving back has always been a part of their mission and they are excited to expand their training to be able to welcome and serve those on the autism spectrum.

Attractions

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The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame provides a history of the international home furnishings industry. Their state-of-the-art facility hosts events and strives to engage the community through one of High Point’s largest industries.

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The Carl Chavis YMCA is ready to welcome guests with autism and serve them through its inclusive programs. They have many exciting amenities, including a splash pad, which is open to guests and open from May to September.

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Distractions Art Studio is loved by kids of all ages! They offer walk-in paint-your-own-pottery, board, and canvas painting as well as workshops, summer camps, and classes. They also offer “Sensory Safe Hours” every first and third Saturday from 11 am until 1 pm and every Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm. During this time, guests can enjoy a more quiet atmosphere.

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The Hartley Drive YMCA provides youth sports, fitness classes, aquatic facilities, and more! Their focus on building up and supporting the community makes them an incredibly impactful Certified Autism Center. From their childcare to their senior programs, you will feel their commitment to inclusivity in every service they offer.

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Located in the historic freight train depot, the High Point Arts Council is a hub for arts and entertainment. They host exciting events that engage people of all ages. Be sure to check out their website or the events calendar to find information on upcoming sensory-friendly events.

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High Point Public Library’s Children’s Department now offers a Sensory Friendly Storytime! This time consists of a song, two or three books, and unstructured playtime. This takes place once a month and has a consistent schedule so parents, caregivers and children know what to expect.

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High Point Museum tells the story of the local community. Children can engage in the history through monthly hands-on crafts and activities. The museum provides designated quiet spaces both inside and outside the museum for easy access to calming areas.

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Truist Point Stadium, home of the High Point Rockers baseball team, is now a Certified Autism Center! This hub for family-friendly fun is now even more welcoming to families and individuals with autism.

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The Qubein Children’s Museum, North Carolina’s 2022 Visitor Attraction of the Year, is home to many exciting exhibits and a double-decker carousel. Kids have access to many different play areas and options depending on their sensory needs.

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Q’s Corner provides a “judgment-free zone” for people of all abilities to play! This indoor play gym offers a soft play room, designed for people with visual impairments, a sensory room, intended to provide a calming environment, and a main gym with swings, trampolines, and more!

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The Art Gallery at Congdon Yards offers visual art exhibits and educational experiences to the community. They provide interactive art classes for adults and children, as well as homeschool programs. 

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Visit High Point

Visit High Point is proud to be the first Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) in North Carolina and on the east coast to become a Certified Autism Center. The Visit High Point team are all Certified Autism Travel Professionals (CATP) and are dedicated to ensuring a welcoming environment to families on the spectrum.

Accommodations

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Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott staff underwent training and a site visit through IBCCES. They offer comfortable accommodations for travelers and their families as well as a low-sensory area for when guests with sensory sensitivities need to take a break.

Read more about their Certified Autism Center here!

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JH Adams Inn | Trademark Collection by Wyndham, an historic property featuring 31 guest rooms and a full-service restaurant, offers headphones, tactile toys and a low-sensory area for when guests with sensory sensitivities need to take a break. They are committed to making the inn a more inclusive place for families to stay and eat in High Point.

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Wingate by Wyndham, offering 81 guest rooms, is just minutes from Interstate 40 and easily accessible to many of the Certified Autism Centers. Their staff is trained and welcoming of all guests, especially those with sensory needs.

Additional Resources

The document below provides information about local and state resources available to support individuals with autism and their families. There are many different organizations providing resources and opportunities for social engagement, whether you’re looking for employment, social activities, or educational services. 

Autism Travel Guide

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