In a first for Northern Ireland, the Roe Park Resort, Limavady has been revealed as Northern Ireland’s first autism friendly hotel.
The achievement follows the resort’s recent opening of an autism-friendly room for guests to stay in. Furthermore, staff in the resort have undergone training to help interact with guests with autism and other additional needs as part of an on-going partnership with Assistance Dogs NI.
Speaking about the accreditation, Sinead McNicholl, Sales & Marketing Manager at the Roe Park Resort said:
“Through our work with Assistance Dogs NI we became aware of the needs of those with autism, and in 2018 we set ourselves the mission of becoming Northern Ireland’s first autism-friendly hotel. We designed the room to include special lighting, a sensory area plus dine-in room facilities among other changes. We invited a local family to try out the room and to see how they found the experience and the feedback was really positive. We’re delighted to have received the accreditation and look forward to welcoming more families and individuals with autism to the resort.”
Fiona Burns-Kirby, who tried out the new room with her family commented:
“My son Joe has autism and we find it difficult to go away together as a family. It’s been over two years since we’ve had a break away together, so we were both excited and nervous. I'm pleased to say it turned out to be a success. We could not have been more impressed by the spec for the autism-friendly suite. The hotel has made every possible accommodation to help facilitate a stay and we would encourage other families and individuals to try the room for themselves.”