When it comes to autism-friendly properties and resorts, many parents will be pleased to know that there’s another place they can add to their list. Beaches Resorts has recently announced that they have become the first resort company to offer the highest level of Autism Certification.
With one in 58 children diagnosed with autism, special needs travel has become one of the fastest growing segments in the nation. That’s why the family-friendly Beaches resort has taken things a step further by becoming the first record in the world to attain the Advanced Certified Autism Center (ACAC) certificate by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
This isn’t the first time that the popular beach resort has been recognized for its outstanding efforts in making their property more autism-friendly for their guests. In 2017, Beaches also became the first resort company in the world to be recognized by IBCCES as a Certified Autism Center (CAC).
Adam Stewart, deputy chairman of Sandals Resorts International said in a press statement that he and his team are proud of the way they have continued to pave the way for families and individuals that have special needs and especially for those kids who are on the autism spectrum. He says that he wants Beaches to live up to their tagline, which is ‘Resorts for Everyone.’
Stewart explained, “As a family-built brand, we want to provide all families with a superior level of service that makes them feel the most welcomed at our resorts. We are especially excited to further expand this important training to our resort’s watersports program, with PADI®-certified dive professionals and other team members earning a special ‘ACAC’ designation for each Aqua Center at Beaches, allowing children on the spectrum to safely experience the incredible waters of the Caribbean.”
The resort’s staff will now receive in-depth training of 40 credit hours on autism sensitivity and awareness. Some of the areas include communication, motor skills, social skills, environment awareness, emotional awareness, bullying, early childhood identification, transition to adulthood and more. The company also plans on making activities and accommodations available for guests on the spectrum and will also have an annual on-site audit and review to make sure that everything will be above par. There will now be a strong focus on the company’s Kid’s Camp, entertainment and watersports operations.
The new ACAC certification training will span throughout their three Beaches resorts in the Caribbean, which includes Beaches Negril, Beaches Ocho Rios and Beaches Turks & Caicos.