VillaKey Designated A Certified Autism Center
VillaKey has completed the process of becoming a Certified Autism Center, which is a designation that
demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring their clients who have autism or sensory sensitivities
will have the best possible experience. This is the first vacation rental company globally to earn the CAC
VillaKey has helped families, many with children on the autism spectrum, book vacation home rentals for years,
but they furthered their commitment to serving those clients by completing the CAC program, which includes
evidence-based staff training, through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education
Standards (IBCCES). As a Certified Autism Center, parents can rest assured when booking through VillaKey that
their needs will be understood and VillaKey’s experts will guide them to the best option for their family.
“We know from experience how challenging it can be for families living with autism to find the right place to
stay when they travel. We are excited to be able to offer our families the privacy, calm and sense of security
that can only be found in a vacation rental home,” says Alice Horn, the CEO of VillaKey.
VillaKey is currently focused on Florida and Colorado, with about 1,200 homes on the platform. The company
will soon be expanding to markets across the U.S., with a special focus on destinations and attractions that are
appealing to autism families. In addition to the CAC training and certification, homes are hand-picked for the
autism market and emphasize sensory-friendly décor, door chimes for security, fragrance-free cleaning
products, and full kitchens for special diets. Service pets are welcome in the homes.
As a mission-driven business, VillaKey partners with select nonprofits to help families make vacation memories
together. The company contributes 10% from every booking on its platform to the VillaKey Cares™ fund to help support travel expenses for families living with autism who may not have the resources to afford a vacation on their own.
For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism training for healthcare, education and
corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children with special needs have options and created programs specifically for those industries. In recent years, the popularity of “autismfriendly” options has grown; however, parents and families often seek out organizations that have completed additional research-based training or certification to ensure their needs can be met.
“Our Certified Autism Center designation is awarded to premier organizations around the world who have gone
above and beyond to ensure their guests have the best experience possible. We’re proud to work with VillaKey
to offer even better travel experiences. Training and certification are so important to make sure these families’
needs are met,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
VillaKey (https://myvillakey.com/autism-friendly) is the travel platform for 11M families living with autism and other developmental disabilities. We help families prepare for their vacation and book the perfect vacation rental home. Through a national partnership, we are poised for expansion with over 6,000
homes throughout the U.S. 10% of every booking helps deserving families living with autism make vacation
memories together. Check out the VILLAKEY VIDEO.
Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders –
IBCCES provids a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the
outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are recognized around the world as the leading
benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders. As part of our
commitment to sharing the latest innovations and research, IBCCEs also hosts the International Symposium on
Cognitive Research and Disorders to create a forum for collaboration among industry stakeholders.