In 2017, Beaches Resorts became the first resort company to be designated a Certified Autism Center (CAC). Then in 2019, Beaches became the first to attain the Advanced Certified Autism Center (ACAC) designation from the IBCCES. Through the latter designation, the core focus has been directed at Beaches Resorts’ Kids Camps and Entertainment and Watersports operations, ensuring at least 80 percent of customer-facing staff have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to interact with families and children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum. In a recent survey conducted by the IBCCES, 94 percent of surveyed families shared that they would take more vacations or visit more new places if they had access to autism-trained and certified options.
Furthering its commitment to inclusivity, Beaches is set to host its first-ever dedicated autism week for loyalty members and guests, inviting families with children on the spectrum to come together at Beaches Ocho Rios in Jamaica from Oct. 9-13, 2023. Guests can look forward to daily arts and crafts with Sesame Street’s Julia, fireside chats with autism experts, a private dinner and more, all with the help of a dedicated Beaches Buddy per family.
Families traveling with children on the autism spectrum can find more information by calling a certified Sandals and Beaches Specialist.
Phil and Barbara Angelo operate Leisure Travel Experts LLC, a full-service travel consulting service here in Mint Hill. They are proud members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce and proud to be a Certified Small Business here in Mint Hill.