Read this article about our March 25, 2017 Wings For All program by Local reporter, Kathy Stewart, @KStewartWTOP
DULLES, Va. —Some families with a child with autism or other intellectual or developmental disabilities have to drive everywhere, since flying seems out of the question. But a unique program is allowing these families to see if flying could be right for them. READ MORE
Wings for All is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with a disability 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 All 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.
Wings for All, Washington Dulles International Airport – Spring 2015
Madison House Autism Foundation recently partnered with American Airlines and The Arc of Northern Virginia to hold a “Wings for All” event at Reagan National Airport. The goal of the event was to provide a simulated travel experience for people with special needs and their families to learn more about air travel and ease the stress of flying. Participants received a realistic practice run of the airport experience (sans the actual flight), which included entering the airport, navigating the terminal, getting boarding passes at the ticket counter, checking bags, passing through the TSA security screening, and boarding an aircraft at a gate. November, 2016
For more information and questions contact Kymberly Deloatche, Travel Training Coordinator at 703-208-1119 x112.