Myrtle Beach Officially Declared an Autism Friendly City

By Marissa Polascak
October 9, 2018

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 the Myrtle Beach City Council issued a resolution declaring Myrtle Beach an official Autism Friendly City. Myrtle Beach follows in the footsteps of Surfside Beach, which was declared the first official Autism Friendly destination in 2016.

This was all made possible from the hard work of the Champion Autism Network (CAN), headed by Executive Director and Surfside resident Becky Large. CAN has been working with local hotels, businesses, venues, restaurants, and more by training and bringing awareness to employees about the challenges and needs of those with autism. 

Large and CAN aim to promote Myrtle Beach and Surfside as great places for those with autism to visit in the off-season, when the weather is still beautiful and there are less crowds. 

“This is such an exciting time!” states Large. “The more support, understanding, awareness and involvement our families can have the better off we all are! With the support of our surrounding community, we look forward to serving those impacted by autism in and around the Grand Strand.”