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Quiet room for those with special needs opening in Myrtle Beach International Airport

The Myrtle Beach International Airport Quiet Room will open August 23 at 10 a.m. with a grand opening event. (WPDE)

Community members are invited to celebrate the opening of the new Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) Quiet Room on August 23 at 10 a.m.

According to a Champion Autism Network (CAN) news release, the MYR quiet room will be located in the baggage claim area of the airport.

This room will offer a space specially designed to provide support to families with children on the autism spectrum and other disabilities.

Individuals on the autism spectrum can experience a variety of sensory issues, but customized spaces can provide some sensory relief, the release said.

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“This is a wonderful partnership and a victory for families of children with autism who are vacationing in our area,” said Becky Large, executive director of CAN, in the release. “This room provides a safe and fun environment for children on the autism spectrum and a caregiver to relax and decompress after a flight while family members retrieve their baggage and rental car.”

Only one other airport in the country offers a quiet room to support families with children on the autism spectrum and other disabilities, according to the release.

Guest speakers at the official opening event will include Congressman Tom Rice and Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus, as well as Horry County Vice Chairman Tyler Servant, and President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Brad Dean.

For more information about CAN, visit the CAN website or Facebook page.

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