We’re expanding our Wings For Autism program, originally introduced by the Charles River Center and ARC, by bringing the initiative to Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport for the first time. Wings For Autism practices air travel in a realistic and compassionate way. These rehearsal field trips help families practice going through TSA security and allow time for them to become familiar with the boarding process and the interior of an airplane. Most of all, Wings For Autism provides families with the time, resources and compassion for their children to become more comfortable with this new experience.
Today, more than 200 people from the Los Angeles area will participate in the first Wings For Autism event at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport. We’ve partnered with Pacific Child and Family Associated and TSA for this event and crewmembers from Burbank, Long Beach and Las Vegas will be on hand to help families throughout the process.
For the past three years, we’ve partnered with The Charles River Center and TSA to offer the Wings For Autism program in Boston, MA. The program started with the Littlejohn family after a failed attempt at a family trip to Florida. To date, more than 400 families in the Boston area have had the opportunity to rehearse the travel experience and see if travel is feasible for their families.
We’re working with local organizations and airport authorities to roll this program out to other airports throughout its 77 city network.
To sign up for the Burbank “Wings For Autism event,” families can contact Arpi Arabian at Pacific Child and Family at firstname.lastname@example.org.