The Arc of King County, in collaboration with The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Transportation Security Administration (TSA), hosts Wings for Autism® at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
About Wings for Autism®
Wings for Autism®, one of The Arc’s national initiatives, is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation professionals.
Wings for Autism® is designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism spectrum disorders experience when traveling by air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security, and boarding a plane.
Wings for Autism® 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. Part of the training that we provided for airport personnel was this short video which demonstrates what it is like for individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience the world around them.
The Next Event
The next Wings for Autism® will be held at SeaTac Airport on September 26, 2015. Registration will open July 8, 2015 at 8:30am. Note: Registration fills quickly! Event capacity sits at 150 individuals. Once capacity is filled, a short wait list will fill. If you do not make the wait list, Wings for Autism® is offered twice a year and you can expect information on the next event in early 2016.
Registration is now full. Click below to be placed on the Wait List.
*Once you have filled the registration form completely, you will be directed to a page thanking you for your information with an image of a green check box. Please allow approximately 1 week to receive a confirmation email from The Arc of King County that includes event itinerary for your family.*
For a background look into the Wings for Autism® event, check out this training video created by The Arc of US.
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‘Click here’ to view a social story for Wings for Autism. This material can be used to help prepare individuals for social interaction and for public events such as Wings for Autism®.
'Click here' to watch the 2014 Wings for Autism® video.
We hope you enjoy our photos capturing the excitement and fun of the January event!