On October 25, 2014, The Enrichment Center, The Arc of High Point, The Arc of Greensboro, The Autism Society, PTI Airport and Delta Airlines joined together to host Wings for Autism - a pilot program - aimed at giving families a test-run at air travel. The four-hour program allowed more than 70 families the opportunity to experience all the activities of a regular flight -- from buckling their seat belts, listening to the flight attendant safety briefing, pushing back, taxiing around the airport and exiting the aircraft upon returning to the gate. For families with children on the autism spectrum, even the thought of travel can be daunting and this recent event was designed to help make that process a little easier.
Many families expressed an apprecation for this "practice run" so that they can prepare their family for the experience of traveling through an airport and on airplanes. The staff at PTI Airport and Delta Airlines staff were friendly and helpful throughout the entire day. The many volunteers wore red t-shirts in order to readily be seen by those participating, and to help those navigating the event. At the end of their "flight experience," Delta Airlines handed each family a back pack of goodies!
Check out the video below to see some of the highlights from the day.