THE CHALLENGE

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability; yet, the visibility for our community service providers to be informed and educated about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is still limited which is vital in closing the gap on ASD resource disparities.

Persons and families impacted by Autism cannot easily locate and access the products, services, facilities and venues they need to live life with dignity as the community at large does not know how to meet these needs. Improving the visibility of awareness and uncovering mediums for those impacted by Autism to have resources in their communities will be the greatest challenge with the ever-increasing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in our society.

THE NEED

Like all persons living in a community, those with Autism have basic needs that must be met such as access to proper healthcare, educational support, personal grooming, recreational outlets, spiritual development and much more.  Therefore, with the right information, community service providers can assist in meeting these needs of those with Autism. Establishing a clear marker for both service providers and the public can identify with, opens an avenue for those with Autism to seek out only service providers who can meet their needs daily.

THE SOLUTION

Jaden’s FriendsTM is that medium where service providers can be certified as an Autism thought leader cognizant of Autism sensitivities and consequently, be visible to the Autism community to meet their daily needs successfully.

Jaden’s Voice is recognized globally as an Autism advocacy organization and being a Jaden’s Friends TM will help identify service providers as Autism friendly in their local Autism communities but also in the national and global Autism community respectively.

How It Works in 5 Easy Steps:

  1. Select your preferred Jaden’s Friends Designation
  2. Select Get Started.
  3. Register and complete your online certification.
  4. Undergo Jaden’s Friends Autism Authentication. (if applicable)
  5. Just like that, you are officially Jaden’s Friend!

ABOUT EACH COMMUNITY PARTNER

 Jaden’s FriendsTM Autism friendly certification process is simple.  We offer distinct types of certifications that best suit each unique community partner such that they are identified clearly of how they service and offer Autism friendly resources to those with Autism and their families. It’s as easy choosing as a CAB, a CAP or a CAR!

CAB JADEN'S FRIENDS™: CERTIFIED AUSTISM BUSINESS

About CAB. Being a Certified Autism Business (CAB) helps businesses, entrepreneurs and organizations alike be recognized as premiere service providers who go the extra mile to acknowledge and meet the unique needs of those who are on the Spectrum. This certificate does not require a degree or any specialized experience of working with the Autistic population.

CAP Jaden’s Friends™: Certified Autism Professional

About CAP. Our Certified Autism Professional certification allows for educators, specialists and licensed professionals who already work with individuals with Autism be recognized in the Autism community. Our Certified Autism Professional certification is simply put a professional who is responsible for the support and/or services provided to an individual on the spectrum that directly relate to the professionals’ current scope of practice.

CAR Jaden’s Friends™: Certified Autism Retailer

About CAR. Our Certified Autism Retailer certification allows for those who sell products tailored to Autistic customers and Autism service providers be clearly marked as Autism Friendly.  By being a Certified Autism Retailer, your product can be clearly seen as Autism Friendly with Jaden Friendly Approved Seal in a growing marketplace.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the value of becoming a Jaden's Friend?

  • Recognition for voluntarily meeting of Autism awareness beyond public standard.
  • Enhancement of professional reputation and credibility in the Autism community.
  • Increased opportunity for growth of your service and provide of a large demographic.
  • Listing on the online public registry of autism friendly service provider and retailer.

What is included in the certification?

  • Listing on the online public registry of autism friendly service provider and retailer.
  • Monthly newsletter with updates and news in autism
  • Certification for 1 year
  • Jaden’s Voice Logo Decal
  • A digital badge is also available upon request

What will I get?

You will be issued a certificate valid for one year that will be made available on our public search by any third party. You will also receive an official Jaden’s Friends decal by mail. CAS will receive a certificate via mail and have the option to have this framed[TS1] . All Jaden’s Friends will also receive monthly autism news updates via email.

How do I let people know that I am certified?

      •        You can use the designation, JVAC following your name. A certification would follow your degree and license when writing out your name. For example, you could write: Jane Smith, M.S., NCSP, JVAC.
      •        You will receive a certificate via mail. You have the option to have this framed.
      •        You may use the Jaden’s Friend Decal logo as appropriate to indicate your credential.
      •        You may use the Jaden’s Friend logo as appropriate such as a product to indicate your Autism Friendly Certification.

What does it mean to be a certified Autism Friendly Environment?

      • A restaurant that serves gluten free food
      • An employer who supports an accommodating work environment
      • A service professional who is sensitive to special needs customers
      • A medical office that goes the extra mile to make special needs visitors comfortable
      • Care providers who welcome autistic persons (children and adult) with open arms

What is the value of becoming Jaden's Friend?

        • Boost your professional rapport and credibility.
        • Recognize your awareness of Autism.
        • Celebrate your voluntary effort to meet rigorous professional standards in ongoing professional development.
        • Expand marketing target reach.
        • Increase revenue opportunities in untapped Autism demographics.
        • May improve in the chance of litigation and liability matters pertaining to discrimination and negligence due to lack of awareness.
        • Separates you from your competitors.
        • Validates your dedication to training in Autism to parents and clients.
        • Learn how to best manage risk in situations involving individuals with Autism.