HOUSTON — Traveling can be a challenge for any family, but especially for families of children with sensory issues.
On Oct. 2, 2018, the Houston Airport System, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), United Airlines and The Arc of Texas teamed 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 when Wings for All® returned to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). 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®, local families of children with autism and other intellectual disabilities practice going through the airport and getting onboard a United aircraft, so that when it is time to travel on an actual trip, they are more familiar with the process and their surroundings. During the 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 pilots and inflight crew’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.
This event is hosted by the Houston Airport System and it is held in partnership with The Arc of United States, The Arc of Greater Houston, The Arc of Fort Bend County, and The Arc of Texas.
Learn more about The Arc and its programs at this link.