The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department has renewed its Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation, to continue fostering a more inclusive and understanding community. The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) worked with the department to provide a renewal certification program to ensure first responders have new and up-to-date information that builds upon existing knowledge to better assist and communicate with autistic or sensory-sensitive individuals, including scenario-based training.
“The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department is committed to serving all residents in our community. When our firefighters are responding to an emergency situation or working with an individual with sensory needs, this training equips us to understand what that looks like, what they need and how to best serve them,” said Chief Vance Gray of Queen Creek Fire and Medical.
Currently, 1 in 44 children are diagnosed with autism in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A growing number of individuals also have sensory sensitivities or are receiving a diagnosis later in life. The need has never been greater to ensure that first responders understand how to understand and help autistic individuals.
“We’re pleased to continue working with the Town of Queen Creek with the renewal of the Fire and Medical Department as they continue their efforts to be a more inclusive community. This dedication to ongoing learning and support from IBCCES is going to improve the quality of life and community connection for all involved,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES board chairman.
For more than 20 years, IBCCES has been a leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for health care, education, public safety, travel and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES programs include evidence-based content as well as the perspectives of autistic individuals, alongside other resources, ongoing support and renewal requirements to ensure there is continued learning and a lasting impact. 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 CAC requirements.
Other certified organizations within the Town of Queen Creek include Parks and Recreation and the Queen Creek Police Department.