The 4th Wings for Autism® event at Appleton International Airport (ATW). This event is being held in partnership with Allegiant Air, ATW, Autism Society of the Fox Valley, Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program, SOAR Fox Cities, and WisconSibs. Wings for Autism® is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities and their families.
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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.”
All individuals that will be participating in the Wings for Autism® event on November 4, 2017 at Appleton International Airport (ATW) need to register. Participants will be boarding the aircraft at 9:10 AM, but we ask that you arrive at the airport by 7:30 AM to allow ample time to check-in and pass through security. Individuals 18 years old and over are required to bring a valid form of government-issued ID to be allowed through security.
Due to limited space, individuals with disabilities are allowed to have only one family member/support staff accompany them onto the airplane. However, up to five additional family members/support staff are welcome to attend the other portions of the event; they will just not be permitted to board the plane. All family members/support staff attending the event must provide the required information in the form below in order to obtain access into the airport.
T-shirts will be provided for participants with disabilities and the one family member that will be boarding the plane with the participant.
If you have any questions or need assistance with completing registration, please contact Pla Yang at [email protected] or 920-832-5267.