Summer is just about here, and for a lot of us that means trips to celebrate graduations, weddings, family gatherings, and just good ole’ vacations are on the near horizon. You could be considering flying to your destination, but may be understandably hesitate if you’re concerned how your child/grandchild may do on the plane. Airports and planes can be a source of distress – due to long lines, going through security, plane noises, etc. With that in mind, some airports are hosting programs that will let you ‘practice’ flying – allowing your family to go through the process of flying without actually taking off. This way, your child/grandchild can get a feel for everything in a comfortable environment. Here are some of the programs currently underway, and more are being created in various airports across the country.
- Philadelphia International Airport – Airport Autism Access Program ~ This program provides opportunities for children with autism and their families to become familiar with traveling through PHL and simulated airport experience. If you’re interested in participating, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Boston Logan Airport – Wings for Autism ~ Since 2011, Boston Logan held four Wings for Autism events – families were able to familiarize themselves with the airport and travel procedures (such as getting boarding passes, checking bags, being screened at security checkpoint, etc.). For additional information, email email@example.com.
- The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport – Navigating Autism ~ This program allows children to practice entering the airport obtain a security pass, go through screening at a TSA security checkpoint and more. Sessions are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month. For more information or to register for an event, visit http://www.ausm.org/index.php/navigating-autism.html.
Have you tried any of these programs? If so, let us know how it went!
Lynsey, Community Manager