Surfside Beach in United States certified as world's 1st autism-friendly destination
Surfside Beach, a popular resort in South Carolina in the United States, has been certified as the world's first autism-friendly destination.
The idea of making Surfside Beach autism-friendly was first made in 2016. The person who suggested it was Becky Large, founder of Champion Autism Network (CAN). She has a child on the autism spectrum.
Large started an autism awareness campaign by bringing families together through sensory-friendly movies. Soon the idea of making Surfside Beach autism friendly took off.
Through a CAN card program, participating businesses offer a service or discount for those enrolled.
The program took off with 25 families. This year, the number expected is 300-400 families.
The town is very careful about the businesses that are allowed to offer services, as they want to keep it family friendly.