On Monday, May 16, 2016, Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM) was honored to present the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) with its first Autism Seal of Approval Plaque. This award is given to businesses in Michigan who have demonstrated a conscious effort to accommodating and accepting individuals with autism. The DZS is the first organization to receive this honor. For the past several years, AAoM has been working closely with the DZS staff and volunteers to create a safe and autism-friendly environment at the Zoo. This includes:
- Hosting routine all-staff Safety Training so that families can be assured that staff and volunteers know how to interact and protect individuals with autism
- Preparing a social narrative and/or sensory map to help families prepare for their visit.
- Undergoing a free Safety and Sensory Audit Walk Through with a member of AAoM’s Safety or Programmatic Staff