We all look forward to taking vacations and visiting family and friends. However, for many people with disabilities, the experience of air travel can be overwhelming and difficult.
Wings for Autism™ program is an airport ‘rehearsal’ program specifically designed for individuals on the autism spectrum or similar conditions. The program gives families the chance to experience the process of taking a flight. Families arrive at the airport, check in at the ticket counter, receive their boarding pass, go through TSA security and board a plane.
The original program was designed for a family that had a negative experience while attempting to travel. Their story prompted the Charles River Center (CRC), a Boston Chapter of The Arc, to reach out to other families to better understand their experiences and challenges with air travel. They soon learned that hundreds of families in the area were interested in an air travel training program, and as a result the Wings for Autism™ program developed.
We are delighted to bring Wings for Autism™ to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport for a second time, and along with ExpressJet/American Airlines, would like to know before confirming a May 2016 date if you would likely plan to attend. It will be a Saturday morning from 7 til 9am. There is no cost to participate, but because of the smaller size of the airport and the aircraft available, space is limited to 50 participants plus 2 family members each. The event will also include a private reception and an opportunity to meet and greet the flight crew and airport staff. Sponsorships are also available to help offset the cost of event fee, t-shirts, signage, gift bags and refreshments.
Follow this link to learn more about this unique event.
You may contact us at The Arc Baton Rouge if you have additional questions. We look forward to sharing this valuable experience with you and your loved ones!