WingsforAutismCAE

Soar with Wings for Autism!

Registration for Wings for Autism at Columbia Metropolitan Airport is open. April 18 is just around the corner so sign up because the seats will fill up quickly. Click here to fill out the simple registration form.

What is Wings for Autism?

Wings for Autism is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation professionals. Originated by the Charles River Center, a local chapter of The Arc, Wings for Autism is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism experience when traveling by air.

The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtain boarding passes, go through security and board a plane. Wings for Autism also gives airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment. This experience is equally useful for families that have a member with other intellectual or developmental disabilities that are concerned about the ability of their family member to travel.

Spread the word!

Here’s a letter template to send to family members who would be ideal for Wings for Autism. Copy and paste the letter below and e-mail it to family and friends. You may also download and print this Word template for your use — WingsforAutism-letter.

Sample:

Dear Family Members,

We all look forward to taking vacations and visiting family and friends. These experiences create lifelong memories and strengthen the important relationships in our lives.  However, for many people with autism and other intellectual/developmental disabilities, the experience of air travel can be overwhelming and difficult, making these trips seem impossible.

Wings for Autism® program is an airport rehearsal program specifically designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. 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 and 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 local Chapter of The Arc, to reach out to other families to understand their experiences with air travel. CRC learned that hundreds of individuals with autism and their families in the greater Boston area were interested in participating in an air travel training program, and as a result designed the Wings for Autism program with the Massachusetts Port Authority Boston Logan International Airport.

We are delighted to bring Wings for Autism to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) on Saturday, April 18, 2015, and we would like to extend an invitation to you to join us. There is no registration cost but families are responsible for paying their own costs to travel to and from the airport. Space is limited. Follow this link  to learn more and register for the event.

Please contact (enter name) at (enter Email and telephone number) if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you at Wings for Autism!

Wings for Autism is a program of The Arc. We hope you will check out our website www.thearc.org to learn more about all the exciting work The Arc is doing to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sincerely,

(Enter name)