Champion Autism Network started as a movement in 2013, offering sensory friendly movies and moving from there to restaurants and venues. The Autism Friendly Travel Destination initiative began when we thought it just made sense to invite the Autism World to Come Play With Us.
In 2016, Surfside Beach declared themselves an Autism Friendly Travel Destination with the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County following suit at the end of 2018.
Autism-friendly means that we are raising autism awareness and acceptance through speaking engagements and Public Service Announcements, training hotels, restaurants and venues on the needs and accommodations of our people and families with autism and providing sensory friendly events.
I have a new appreciation for CAN, those with autism, and the families that deal with this disorder on a daily basis. Again, thank you for helping me understand more about the disease and how I, as an individual, can “lead with love.
- Debra Herrmann, The Town of Surfside Beach Town Clerk