Elmwood Park Zoo’s Recertification as a Certified Autism Center: Pioneering Inclusivity and Exceptional Guest Experiences

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NORRISTOWN, PA — Elmwood Park Zoo’s recent recertification as a Certified Autism Center™ by the IBCCES reaffirms its steadfast commitment to inclusivity and providing outstanding guest experiences. As the inaugural zoo to attain this prestigious recognition in 2018, Elmwood Park Zoo remains at the forefront of offering enriching visits for all guests, including individuals with autism and sensory sensitivities.

Eric Donovan, COO of Elmwood Park Zoo, lauds the significance of maintaining the Certified Autism Center™ status, stating, “We are thrilled to maintain our status as a Certified Autism Center™, highlighting our ongoing dedication to enhancing accessibility for every visitor.” Donovan emphasizes the profound impact of this recertification, describing it as a reflection of the zoo’s cultural evolution towards delivering exceptional experiences marked by inclusivity and compassion.

Amidst the zoo’s efforts to expand amenities to cater to diverse needs, Donovan further adds, “This recertification is a testament to our company culture’s transformation, emphasizing our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional experiences for all guests.”

The positive reception from visitors towards these initiatives, notably the serene “quiet mornings” that create a calm atmosphere for select guests before regular opening hours, speaks volumes about the impact of Elmwood Park Zoo’s dedication to inclusivity and sensitivity to different visitor requirements.

In commending Elmwood Park Zoo’s dedication, Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman, shares, “Elmwood Park Zoo’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility is truly commendable. The zoo sets a commendable example for other institutions in promoting a welcoming environment for all.” This partnership between IBCCES and Elmwood Park Zoo reflects a shared vision of fostering inclusivity and diversity in guest experiences, setting new standards and reshaping industry norms.

The recertification of Elmwood Park Zoo as a Certified Autism Center™ not only emphasizes its leadership in providing inclusive experiences but also highlights the transformative power of dedication to accessibility, compassion, and exceptional guest care in creating welcoming environments for all visitors.

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