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Myrtle Beach, SC: City becomes "autism friendly vacation destination"

Apr 26, 2023, WBTW, Myrtle Beach, SC: Myrtle Beach builds reputation for being autism-friendly vacation destination

Myrtle Beach has transformed itself into an autism-friendly vacation destination. It started two years ago when city leaders designated April as Autism Advocacy Month, and it continues to be a high priority.

Between sensory-friendly days at the aquarium, safe rides on the Skywheel and dining experiences everyone can enjoy, Myrtle Beach has a lot to offer.

The Champion Autism Network, a nonprofit group based in Surfside Beach, has rebranded and relaunched its Autism Travel Card, which helps connect families with autism-friendly businesses along the Grand Strand. The businesses are vetted and have staff members who trained to help families who are dealing with autism.

A sensory-friendly trip to Myrtle Beach starts as soon as families land at Myrtle Beach International Airport, which has a quiet room where they can decompress and pick up their travel cards.

In addition to helping connect families with safe spots along the Strand, the card also provides them with discounts and promotions for places and events like Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball games.

City Councilman John Krajc said the push for autism awareness extends beyond the vacation season. It’s a year-round endeavor….


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