As many of our readers know, my son has Autism. While this does present challenges, we try to not let it stop him from living life. This is especially true when it comes to travel. Lil Man has flown at least once a year since he was 6mths old. There are so many benefits to traveling and not to mention the need of family time relaxing.
Having a child with Autism does not have to mean no family vacations. While it will require more planning and patience, it can be done. Many individuals with autism and their families do not travel because they are concerned with the changes and disruptions in routines that traveling today requires. But the good news is, many organizations are working to help such families to make travel easier.
Why? Well, numbers don’t lie. As of 2014, it was identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
And now, your family can have it all as in all-inclusive as Beaches Resorts is the first all inclusive Autism Certified. Enjoy an amazing Luxury Included family vacation knowing that your child is always in good hands.
Personalized Autism Training and Certification Awarded To Caribbean-Based Hospitality Resort Chain
The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) is proud to welcome Beaches Resorts – the Caribbean’s leading luxury-included ®resorts for everyone – to the family of internationally-recognized Certified Autism Centers (CAC) following staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training within each of their three Kids Camp facilities in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. Additionally, each of Beaches Resorts’ Kids Camp team members have received an Autism Certificate (AC) having successfully completed a demanding training program that better equips them to welcome families with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
In the past, the Certified Autism Center designation was typically reserved for schools and healthcare facilities, which serve individuals with autism and other special needs. Now, as the first hospitality company in the world to complete the rigorous training and certification, Beaches Resorts is better equipped to offer families vacationing on their properties even more inclusive programs for children with autism and other special needs.
Child Care Staff Continuously Receives Competency Training In The Following Areas:
- Sensory Awareness
- Motor Skills
- Autism Overview
- Program Development
- Social Skills
- Emotional Awareness & Bullying
As Certified Autism Centers and Certified Autism Specialists, ongoing training for team members is required to ensure they have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament and expertise to cater to all children including those with disabilities. By undergoing the IBCCES autism training and certification program, it demonstrates that at least 80 percent of the resort company’s Kids Camp staff have successfully completed in-depth training in the areas of sensory awareness, communication, motor skills, program development, social skills, environment and emotional awareness and bullying.
“We are very excited to be working with the Beaches Resorts team to create the first Certified Autism Centers in the Caribbean,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES board chairman. “ This distinction ensures that individuals with autism and their families have the peace of mind that Beaches Resorts and their staff have successfully completed the training and certification required to deliver a safe and appropriate vacation experience.”
“As the innovators in the travel industry, we take the lead when it comes to offering all families the best vacation experience bar none,” said Joel Ryan, Group Manager, Entertainment & Youth Activities for Beaches Resorts. “We chose IBCCES because of their expertise and ability to provide the knowledge and competency needed by our Kids Camp staff to properly care for families with children on the spectrum; in turn, vacationing families have the comfort and confidence of knowing their children are in good care.”
Certified KIDS CAMPS
Our Kids Camps are Certified Autism Centers that ensure team members have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to cater to all children and offer age-specific programs for infants, toddlers, pre-teens and teens.
IBCCES Certified Autism Centers require staff to complete a minimum of 14 hours in autism training, pass a comprehensive autism competency exam and meet IBCCES Board approval. Ongoing autism training must be maintained every two years.
“Beaches Resorts is setting the industry standard by partnering with IBCCES in making their world-renowned properties friendly for people with autism and their families,” said Dr. Stephen Shore, internationally-known autism speaker, author, and self-advocate. “I encourage other resorts and travel companies to follow their lead.”
The Caribbean Adventure with SESAME STREET ®
This Fall, Beaches welcomes Julia – a sweet and curious 4-year-old with autism. As part of Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, Julia is excited to welcome all children and their families to paradise with engaging activities like Amazing Art with Julia and enjoyable character experiences with them in mind.
Beaches offers up to 20 distinct 5-Star Global Gourmet restaurants per resort and a Culinary Concierge Desk that works directly with executive chefs, sous chefs, and restaurant managers to ensure an exceptional and worry-free dining experience for your entire family.
Culinary Concierge will guide you through all our restaurant offerings and help create custom menus that fit your family’s special dietary needs – including allergy restrictions and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
To learn more or book your own getaway, visit Beaches Resort
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