Fort Worth Zoo becomes first in Texas to earn autism designation

Published on October 07, 2020


The Fort Worth Zoo has made a commitment to ensure all visitors, including those with autism and other sensory needs, have an amazing experience. As part of this commitment, the zoo recently earned the Certified Autism Center designation.

The designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to organizations that have completed an autism-specific training and review process to better serve all guests.

“We’re pleased to be counted among a growing number of institutions that are Certified Autism Centers. Our zoo offers many inroads to creativity and discovery, and we’re pleased to add another means of accessibility. We hope this will further increase our audiences while making the zoo even more usable and available,” said Michael Fouraker, Fort Worth Zoo executive director.

Individuals and families with children on the autism spectrum often find choosing attractions and recreational opportunities difficult due to uncertainty about how they will be received and what accommodations are available.

The Fort Worth Zoo is the first zoo to become a Certified Autism Center.


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