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Royal Oak’s Bowlero Lanes & Lounge Renews Designation as a Certified Autism Center

Bowlero Lanes & Lounge has recently renewed its annual designation as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

This designation is for organizations that endeavor to be inclusive by completing extensive training from leading autism experts. What this means for families with autism (and other sensory concerns) is that places like Bowlero can accommodate their needs.

Currently, Bowlero is the only bowling alley in Michigan with this certification.

“It is such a joy to watch all the students having fun,” said Bowlero owner Kelly Elliott, who was a school psychologist for 15 years. “It is also wonderful to see the parents’ joy in watching their children participate in the league and socialize with each other. They are all so appreciative!”

What Bowlero does for families with autism is:

  • Low sensory hours
  • Special needs drop-in bowling league on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. (bowlers and their families with physical, cognitive and/or neurological challenges are welcome!)

Bowlero has held this certification since 2019, and the renewal in 2021 meant even more training for staff.

Families with special needs and autism will find a helpful, highly trained staff on hand as well as sensory aids available like weighted blankets/vests, noise-canceling headphones, visual timers (accessible anytime upon request) and more.

There is also an accessibility ramp and bowling ball ramp available.

And reservations are not required for the drop-in league; you can just show up!

“We’re excited to see the success of Bowlero Lanes & Lounge and the added accessibility options for individuals and families to have fun and make memories,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman “It’s critical to have more organizations like BLL leading the way and doing more to welcome all guests, no matter their needs.”

Connect with Bowlero Lanes & Lounge

Bowlero Lanes & Lounge
Address: 4209 Coolidge Hwy, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Phone: 248-549-7500

Families in Metro Detroit might also enjoy visiting the Autistic Play Place in Sterling Heights.

Korie Wilkins
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