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Myrtle Beach Makes Beach Vacations More Accessible for Visitors with Sensory Processing Issues

by Holly Riddle

Sep 11, 2023

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Destinations / North America

For those with sensory processing issues, travel can pose a challenge. However, Myrtle Beach strives to make its famous beaches and boardwalk just a little friendlier for family travelers by taking various measures around the destination — starting even at Myrtle Beach International Airport — to cater to those who may need sensory-friendly accommodations.


At Myrtle Beach International Airport, a quiet room near the baggage claim area creates a safe space in what is typically a chaotic environment. Those who want to alert airport personnel to the fact they may need additional assistance related to a hidden disability can request a discreet lanyard through the airport’s Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program.


Hotels, restaurants and attractions throughout the area participate in the Champion Autism Network, and staff are trained to provide certain amenities to families who present an Autism Travel Card. For example, hotels can pick particular rooms for guests or remove items from rooms as needed. Restaurant staff can choose quieter tables for families and expedite service, and attractions can provide noise-cancelling headphones, among other assistance.


“We believe that everyone belongs at ‘The Beach,’ and our top priority at Myrtle Beach is to provide an inclusive destination for visitors of all abilities,” said Karen Riordan, president and CEO, Visit Myrtle Beach. “Families with children diagnosed with autism often feel vacations are out of their reach — and we want to change that.”


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