Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne International Airport, and Allegiant will present Wings for Autism® on April 28, 2018.
The event is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Participants will practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security, and boarding a plane. The plane will not taxi or take off.
Checkin will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and participants will board the plane about 4:45 p.m. After everyone has boarded the plane, the flight crew will go through their normal announcements, then participants will have some time to explore the plane. Light refreshments will be provided after participants exits the plane.
The event is free to participants, however advance registration at www.thearc.org/wings is required due to security policies and limited seating on the plane.
Wings for Autism® is a program of The Arc developed in 2010 by The Charles River Center (a chapter of The Arc) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Port Authority, the Transportation Security Administration and several air carriers based at Boston Logan Airport.
The experience of air travel can be difficult for many people with autism and aviation personnel supporting these passengers. Rehearsing many aspects of air travel through Wings for Autism® helps reduce anxiety and overcome many challenges faced by people with autism and other intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Fort Wayne International Airport: https://fwairport.com/