BEACHES Ocho Rios, an autism-friendly, all-inclusive resort hosted the first Autism All-Inclusive Week event in October.
This was in an effort to recognise and appreciate the guest community travelling with loved ones on the spectrum.
Team members continue to beam with pride as the resort was one of the first to have been certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
Autism Week was filled with exciting activities for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience. The event had families engaged in scavenger hunts, daily crafts projects, parent mixers, brunches, games, and water-based ventures. Considering the challenges parents may face, the team continued to extend themselves to ensure a relaxing vacation for the families that participated. Corporate manager, Sandals Select, Megan Martin said, "There were positive responses from the nine families who participated in the event."
Each day was carefully planned as some mornings started with yoga by the beach, which was a great way for the guests to reset and prepare for the day's adventures. The parents applauded the resort for being so inclusive and expressed much gratitude for the opportunity to unwind and network with people who could relate to their common challenges.
The partnership between Beaches Ocho Rios and the popular television series Sesame StreetÂ®, which includes familiar furry friends parading throughout the resort and appearances by the autistic character Julia, was also an added element of thrill for the children.
Martin added: "Autism Week was a huge success at Beaches Ocho Rios. The team anticipates catering for more families and hopes to continue the event."