The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) Accessibility Card (IAC) is designed to aid individuals with cognitive disorders or physical impairments. It assists in communication and understanding between individuals with special needs and staff members at participating destinations, attractions, and businesses.
Here's how it works:
1. The individual or their caregiver applies online for the IBCCES Accessibility Card. As part of the application, they'll include information about the individual's condition, behavioral issues, and communication capabilities.
2. After the application, assessment, and verification process, the person receives the IAC, which includes their photo ID, a brief summary of their condition, and vital details to assist in understanding and accommodating their specific needs.
3. The individual presents this card at participating locations where staff has been trained to recognize the card and have expertise in handling situations related to various special needs. They use the information on the card to create an accessible and positive experience for the individual.
4. The card serves as a respectable method to communicate the individual's special needs quickly and efficiently without detailed explanations or justifying the need for certain accommodations.
The IAC helps create a more hospitable environment for individuals with disabilities by fostering mutual understanding and respect while ensuring smoother communications and better overall experiences.