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.
The autism awareness training presented by the Champion Autism Network was one of the best workshops I have attended in years. The presenter did a great job is presenting the information in an engaging way. I now have a better appreciation of the issues faced by families with a member “on the spectrum.
- Mary Jeffcoat, Myrtle Beach City Council