In a first for a Minor League Baseball organization, the Fort Myers Miracle (High A; Florida State League) has completed the process to become a Certified Autism Center. A designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), it demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring guests with autism and sensory sensitivities have the best possible experience.
The organization completed awareness sensitivity training, as well as an onsite review by IBCCES to make additional recommendations on guest experience.
Parents with children on the autism spectrum often find choosing destinations and attractions a challenge due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions and safety concerns. In recent years, the popularity of “autism-friendly” options has grown; however, visitors often seek out organizations that have completed research-based training or certification to ensure their needs can be met.
“It’s important to me for the Miracle to have a strong presence in the community and make sure that our games are a comfortable, welcoming setting. We want Hammond Stadium to be inclusive for everyone. We are excited to go through this process with Myron and his team so that we can ensure that we are doing everything we can to welcome fans with special needs and provide family friendly fun to everyone,” said Andrew Kaufmann– Miracle Owner.
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 trained travel and entertainment options and created programs specifically for those industries.
“We’re excited to be working with our first MILB team, the connection to baseball can be strong for many individuals on the spectrum. We’re thrilled to have more options for families looking for a fun and welcoming atmosphere,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.