Why is the CAN Card training program important to your business and the area?
The goal is to support our families and increase economic opportunity for the businesses that support us. Autism families are extremely loyal. Children/people on the spectrum crave routine and familiar surroundings. Once a family has had a successful visit to your establishment, you can bet they will be back AND tell their friends about the experience.
The population is growing. From 1 in 120 in 2010 to 1 in 59 in 2018.
Become CAN Certified:
What does certified vs. participating mean? CAN Certified means that we have personally met with the management of the business, walked through the property and business procedures, discussed and confirmed the accommodations, discount and/or service the business is committed to making, provided autism awareness seminars for their employees and helped to develop a plan for team communication should an episode occur.
CAN Participating means we have personally met with the management of the business, walked through the business, provided a document for employees to have some awareness of what they might encounter and confirmed a discount or a service that the business is committed to making.
Why get Certified?
One negative review or experience from an employee/business that was not trained could cost you a lot in the negative press. Having the CAN training and support can be of tremendous help in such a situation. Local and tourist families from near and far are planning trips to your area because of our dedication to their families and their specific sensory needs and accommodations.
Champion Autism Network’s mission to be the leader in establishing autism supportive communities is growing with national and international recognition. Training for management and staff at restaurants, hotels and venues in your area is available for businesses wanting to support this loyal and growing community.
A training package has been developed with ABA therapist provider South Carolina Interventionists and Bee Sharp Professional Training to ensure your organization has the information and support to provide families dealing with autism have an enjoyable experience during their stay with you.
The fee-for-service training package includes:
- An on-site consultation, touring of the facility, review of procedures and processes, accommodation suggestions, meeting with key employees and discussing a plan of implementation.
- Support just a phone call away
- A CAN badge for your website
- A CAN Certified sticker for your establishment window
- A listing on the CAN website indicating you’ve completed the training with contact information and link to your website.
- A press release announcing your business’ participation in the CAN program.
It is important to note that not all businesses and restaurants are conducive to being sensory friendly, but being autism aware and having support from the entire community is paramount.