College Bound AZ Becomes Autism-Certified
MESA, Ariz (March 25, 2020) College Bound AZ, 4222 E. Brown Road #33, Mesa serves as a bridge to college for high school seniors recently pursued the CAC designation to enhance their ability to assist students with autism or other sensory needs. The designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), is awarded to organizations whose staff have received training and certification through IBCCES.
“Our mission is to help the underrepresented student population achieve their dreams of college success and one of our values is inclusiveness. Students with autism and other sensory needs are students who face unique challenges that can present insurmountable obstacles when trying to further their education and improve their lives,” said Carol Lain, President, College Bound AZ. “A college education can open doors and help provide a more productive and fulfilling life for those with special needs. It's important to us that we help as many students as we can, especially those that may otherwise be excluded. With this training we are better able to work with the autism population in a very positive and productive way and help equal the playing field of success.”
College Bound AZ parents naturally have questions and concerns for their children, and College Bound AZ provides an initial orientation on the college programs designed to assist their student, connecting the family directly to the support program. College tours and student workshops on the college’s support system assist in creating a sense of confidence for every student continuing their education. “This year there are three students with autism or other special needs among our 47 all fully funded for college who will attend Arizona State University through our RISE Scholars program”, stated Elizabeth Paulus, Executive Director, College Bound AZ.
College Bound AZ joins over 60 organizations in and near Mesa, AZ, to become a Certified Autism Center™ to create a truly accessible community. As part of an initiative toward inclusion for residents and visitors with autism and other sensory disorders, Visit Mesa gathered community support from city and local officials, private businesses, and other partners to achieve the IBCCES designation of the first-ever Autism Certified City by IBCCES.
“IBCCES is excited to partner with organizations like College Bound AZ to help individuals with autism who are transitioning out of high school and into the workforce or pursuing higher-level learning opportunities. Supports for transition to adulthood for individuals on the spectrum is critical,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
IBCCES also created CertifiedAutismCenter.com, as a free online resource for parents that lists certified locations and professionals. Each organization listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center™ requirements.
College Bound AZ is proud to become autism-certified to better serve underrepresented youth meet their education goals. Enhanced services can now be provided directly to students on campuses like at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) and Sequoia High School where College Bound AZ partners to bridge the transition to college.
About College Bound AZ
Founded in 2010, College Bound AZ provides guidance, mentoring, and support services to aspiring underrepresented students for their advancement to a better future through education. College Bound AZ is a not-for-profit college access and completion program for students in the East Valley in grades eight through 12 and in college serving nearly 1,000 students through its junior high, high school and college programs. For more information visit www.collegeboundaz.org.
Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders – IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are the only training and certification programs endorsed by the largest grassroots autism organization in the world, The Autism Society of America, and recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders.
Felecia Rozansky, External Affairs Committee Chair, College Bound AZ
Meredith Tekin, President, IBCCES
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