Wings for All® is Coming to Dane County!
Saturday, October 20
Dane County Regional Airport
11:15am – 3:00pm
Registration is FREE
Parking vouchers will be provided
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the airport
We all look forward to taking vacations and visiting family and friends. These experiences create lifelong memories and strengthen the important relationships in our lives. However, for many people with autism and other intellectual/ developmental disabilities, the experience of air travel can be overwhelming and difficult, making these trips seem impossible.
Wings for Autism® / Wings for All® is an airport rehearsal program specifically designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities and their families. The program gives families the chance to experience the process of taking a flight. Families arrive at the airport, check-in at the ticket counter and receive their boarding pass, go through TSA security, and board a plane that does not take off.
The original program was designed for a family that had a negative experience while attempting to travel. Their story prompted the Charles River Center (CRC), a local Chapter of The Arc, to reach out to other families to understand their experiences with air travel. CRC learned that hundreds of individuals with autism and their families in the greater Boston area were interested in participating in an air travel training program, and as a result designed the Wings for Autism/Wings for All program with the Massachusetts Port Authority at Boston Logan International Airport.
We are delighted to bring Wings for All® to the Dane County Regional Airport for the first time on October 20, 2018 starting at 11:15 and ending at 3:00, and we would like to extend an invitation to you to join us. There is no registration cost, and the airport will provide parking vouchers for the hourly parking area. Families are responsible for paying their own costs to travel to and from the airport. Space is very limited.
Registration is now open to the general public.
Please contact Anne Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-833-1199 if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you at Wings for All!
In addition to the Wings for All program, The Autism NOW Center has a wide range of national resources for people on the spectrum and their families. Please visit their website at http://autismnow.org/.
Barbara S. Hughes, on behalf of The Arc Dane County and the MSN Wings for All planning committee