In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Autism on the Seas™ (AotS), the leading travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities, today announced thatCelebrity Cruises has received the Silver Level “Autism Friendly” certification from AotS.
The important designation qualifies the modern luxury cruise line’s efforts to accommodate guests with autism and developmental disabilities for inclusion and participation in its cruise vacation experience. Effective immediately, the Celebrity Cruises fleet* is Silver Level certified “Autism Friendly”, with dedicated onboard youth staff specially trained in autism awareness by AotS.
Celebrity has implemented best practices to accommodate vacationers with special needs, along with the introduction of new Autism Friendly products and services. Celebrity’s Fun Factory youth program for ages 3 – 11 also will offer families the option to participate in the onboard autism friendly toy-lending program, which includes the opportunity to enjoy the borrowed products in the comfort of the guest’s stateroom or around the ship.
“We’ve been providing consultative services and guidance to the cruise lines since 2007,” says Mike Sobbell, founder and president of Autism on the Seas. “Now, through the efforts capped by cruise lines’ adoption of our Autism Friendly standards and certification, which also includes a customized training program for their ship staff, we view this as a great achievement and service to the special needs community and the entire cruise industry. Celebrity Cruises has been exemplary in its efforts. We are honored to bring Celebrity into our family of “Autism Friendly” cruise lines and look forward to continuing to work together to further accommodate special needs families seeking a vacation designed for their wide range of unique needs.”
“Our Autism Friendly certification is extremely important to us, as we want all our guests to have an amazing experience and enjoy their modern luxury cruise,” said Becky Thomson-Foley, Director of Entertainment, Celebrity Cruises. “Our history of collaborating with Autism on the Seas has led to this new designation, and we look forward to continue working with them.”
Autism on the Seas supports the unique autism friendly toy lending catalog offered by Celebrity Cruises and Fat Brain Toys. Providing top-rated products with both play and educational value, Fat Brain Toys is one of the most highly regarded toy companies by occupational, physical and play therapists.