On May 13, The Arc will host the 3rd Wings for Autism® event at Appleton International Airport (ATW). This event is being held in partnership with Allegiant Air, ATW, the Arc of Fond du lac, Autism Society of the Fox Valley, Doug Flutie Foundation, Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program, SOAR Fox Cities, and WisconSibs. Wings for Autism®, one of The Arc’s newest national initiatives, is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities and their families.
For information, and to register for the flight, go to http://bit.ly/WingsForAutismATW
Wings for Autism® helps alleviate some of the stress that people with disabilities and their families experience when traveling by air. The program will provide families with the opportunity to participate in the entire airport experience by practicing entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security, and boarding an airplane. Wings for Autism® also gives airport, airline, TSA professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact, and deliver their services in a structured learning environment. Since last year, nearly a thousand families from all over the country have taken part in these events.
“Traveling can be stressful for anyone, but for children and adults with developmental disabilities the process can be even more intimidating,” ATW Airport Director Abe Weber said. “I want traveling through Appleton International Airport to be a fun and exciting experience for everyone, so I’m proud to support The Arc along with Allegiant Air and our local partnering agencies as they raise awareness through their “Wings For Autism® event.”