“I just wanted to personally thank you for all your hard work to put together the Wings For All event last week. We had a very traumatic incident with my son at the airport 5 years ago, and have not been brave enough to brave the airport with him since. It has meant that he doesn’t get to accompany us when we travel for fear it will happen again–both his fear and ours. No more. While he was sitting with me on the plane, he looked at me and said, “I feel confident enough to fly again mom.” I doubt we would have that so soon had it not been for this program. Thank you so much again!!”
ABOUT WINGS FOR ALL®
On April 24, 2018, the Houston Airport System, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), United Airlines, and The Arc of Texas team up to offer a chance to make the idea of air travel a little less daunting for families with children with autism or other intellectual disabilities.
On that day, the latest Wings for All® event will be held at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Wings for All® is program of The Arc of the United States that provides families with a real-life simulation of the air travel experience. Through Wings for All®, families of children with autism or other intellectual disabilities are able to practice going through the airport and getting on board an aircraft, so that when it is time to travel on an actual trip, they are more familiar with the process and their surroundings.
During this event, held twice a year at Bush Airport, families practice obtaining boarding passes, passing through TSA security, waiting in the boarding area and boarding an airplane. While on the plane, they buckle up, enjoy a beverage and snack, and listen to the captain’s announcements. They can familiarize themselves with the seats, tray tables and aircraft restrooms. Wings for All® also gives the airport, airline and TSA professionals the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment.
Due to TSA regulations, families interested in attending the event must register in advance, and substitutions on the day of the event are not allowed. Anyone over the age of 18 participating must have a valid photo ID with them. The TSA website has a list of all acceptable IDs which include, a driver’s license, United States passport or valid U.S. military ID.
This event is held in partnership with The Arc of Greater Houston, The Arc of Fort Bend County, and The Arc of Texas.
To register for Wings for All®, please click on the registration button! The deadline to register for the event is April 16, 2018.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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