Friendly Vacations for Families with Autistic Children

About Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Beaches, the Family Friendly Resorts

Dawn Barclay, for Travel Insiders Report, writes...

April is Autism Acceptance Month. Sadly, while special needs travel continues to be one of the fastest-growing family travel segments, it is one that is severely underserved. The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in cognitive disorder training and certification--is doing something about the problem.

The big news for Autism Acceptance month this year is that Beaches Resorts, which in 2017 was the first resort company in the world to receive the CAC designation and, in 2019, received the ACAC destination, has extended its ACAC accreditation through 2023.

Beaches is the first resort company in the world to complete the rigorous IBCCES training and Autism Certification! We are proud to offer families with children with autism and other special needs specialized service, engaging activities and custom dining options so that all families may enjoy a memorable, award-winning Beaches Luxury Included® experience.

.Thier child care staff continuously receives competency training in the following areas:

  • Sensory Awareness
  • Motor Skills
  • Autism Overview
  • Program Development
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Environment
  • Emotional Awareness & Bullying

Beaches Kids Camps are Advanced 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.

The Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street®

Beaches is proud to welcome 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 also will launch a Sensory Stimulation Guide for guests with sensory needs, providing comfort and an understanding of what to expect in each designated area of the resort. The guide, which outlines the degree of sensory stimulation in a specific area or event, allows families to easily plan and navigate their visit based on their individual needs.

For more information on Beaches Autism- Freindly Kids Camp, click here


Dawn M. Barclay is Family Travel and Special Needs Travel Contributing Editor for Insider Travel Report. She also writes fiction under her D.M. Barr author name and is chapter president of the Hudson Valley Romance Writers Association and board member of Sisters in Crime-NY, a member of Mystery Writers of America. You can find out more about her at

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