Become A Certified Autism Center

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Visit High Point is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that have completed training and certification to better understand and assist visitors who are autistic or have other sensory needs. Visit High Point is the first Destination Marketing Organization on the East Coast to achieve this designation.

Certified Autism Destination

Visit High Point is proud to announce that High Point is now the first Certified Autism Destination (CAD) on the East Coast. This designation ensures that all visitors with autism or other sensory sensitivities are welcomed and safe. Local hotels, attractions, and restaurants have completed training from IBCCES. This training ensures that management and staff are equipped to support neurodivergent guests and their families.

We will be hosting a press conference to officially announce our CAD designation on Tuesday, May 9th at 2pm. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Nancy Bowman by Tuesday, May 2nd. View the invitation below.

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Events

Summer Golf Clinics

Starts:   Jul 20 @ 11:00 AM

Ends:   Jul 20 @ 12:00 PM

1000 Club Rd, Greensboro, NC, United States, North Carolina 27407, 1000 Club Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407-8286, United States


Celebrate National Ice Cream Day by Making Your Own!

Starts:   Jul 20 @ 12:00 PM

Ends:   Jul 20 @ 2:00 PM

1859 E Lexington Ave, High Point, NC, United States, North Carolina 27262, 1859 E Lexington Ave, High Point, NC 27262-3451, United States


Pottery Class with Heather

Starts:   Jul 27 @ 1:30 PM

Ends:   Aug 24 @ 4:00 PM

400 West English Road Suite 151, High Point, NC, United States, North Carolina 27262, 400 English Rd, High Point, NC 27262-4814, United States


Disney’s Lion King Kids- AT CENTENNIAL STATION

Starts:   Jul 20 @ 7:00 PM

Ends:   Jul 21 @ 3:00 PM

220 E Commerce Ave, High Point, NC


Certified Autism Centers

Many High Point hospitality partners and businesses have made the commitment to become Certified Autism Centers (CAC) through IBCCES. Meaning, they have gone through autism and sensory-sensitivity and awareness training and are equipped to serve guests on the autism spectrum.
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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.

Read more about our Certified Autism Center here!

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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.

Read more about their Certified Autism Center here!

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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!

Read more about their Certified Autism Center here!

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JH Adams Inn, 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.

Read more about their Certified Autism Center here!

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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 will take place once a month and have a consistent schedule so parents and children know what to expect.

Read more about their Certified Autism Center here!

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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.

Read more about our Certified Autism Center here!

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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.

Read more about their Certified Autism Center here!

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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.

Read more about their Certified Autism Center here

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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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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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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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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, including their signature events: Dancin’ at the Station, Arts Splash Summer Concert Series, and and open mic nights.

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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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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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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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