The goal is to support our families and increase economic opportunity for the businesses that support us. Autism families are extremely loyal. Children/people on the spectrum crave routine and familiar surroundings. Once a family has had a successful visit to your establishment, you can bet they will be back AND tell their friends about the experience.
Become CAN Certified:
What does certified vs. participating mean? CAN Certified means that we have personally met with the management of the business, walked through the property and business procedures, discussed and confirmed the accommodations, discount and/or service the business is committed to making, provided autism awareness seminars for their employees and helped to develop a plan for team communication should an episode occur.
CAN Participating means we have personally met with the management of the business, walked through the business, provided a document for employees to have some awareness of what they might encounter and confirmed a discount or a service that the business is committed to making.
Why get Certified?
One negative review or experience from an employee/business that was not trained could cost you a lot in the negative press. Having the CAN training and support can be of tremendous help in such a situation. Local and tourist families from near and far are planning trips to your area because of our dedication to their families and their specific sensory needs and accommodations.
Champion Autism Network’s mission to be the leader in establishing autism supportive communities is growing with national and international recognition. Training for management and staff at restaurants, hotels and venues in your area is available for businesses wanting to support this loyal and growing community.
A training package has been developed with ABA therapist provider South Carolina Interventionists and Bee Sharp Professional Training to ensure your organization has the information and support to provide families dealing with autism have an enjoyable experience during their stay with you.
The fee-for-service training package includes:
It is important to note that not all businesses and restaurants are conducive to being sensory friendly, but being autism aware and having support from the entire community is paramount.
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