What The Arc Is Doing
The Arc’s Wings for Autism®/Wings for All® (Wings) program gives families and aviation professionals the confidence to take to the skies with ease by providing an airport “rehearsal,” as well as a presentation on the aircraft features and in-flight safety protocols. Chapters of The Arc, local partners, and airport/airline/TSA personnel work collaboratively to design and carry out each Wings event.
For Individuals and Families
Wings alleviates some of the stress that people with autism and other I/DDs and their families experience when traveling by air by providing families with the opportunity to experience and learn about how their loved ones will react to different stimuli in the airport.
For Aviation Professionals
Wings gives airport, airline, TSA professionals, and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact, and deliver their services in a structured learning environment—improving their disability competency and processes for accommodating ALL passengers who fly.
During a Wings Event: Participant Activities
Check-in to receive boarding passes
Pass through the TSA security checkpoint
Wait in the boarding area
Board an aircraft (that does not take off)
Wings for Autism® was created by Charles River Center, an affiliated chapter of The Arc, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Port Authority. For additional information about bringing Wings to an airport near you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How You Can Help
Get involved with the Wings for Autism/Wings for All program!
BRING WINGS TO AN AIRPORT NEAR YOU
ACCESS AIR TRAVEL RESOURCES
DONATE TO SUPPORT WINGS
SEE PHOTOS FROM PAST EVENTS
“We were able to take my 14-year-old son Nathaniel on an airplane for the first time in 9 years. It was a big family reunion, and many family members had not seen Nathaniel since he was a baby. The Wings for Autism program definitely eased our way. Thank you for this program!”
“My family took a flight in February. We would not have attempted it if it was not for the Wings for Autism program.”
“You have no idea what this event means to us! It showed us, that YES, we do have a chance to make my daughter’s graduation in Connecticut next year! We have some work to do with boarding the plane, but at least we know that was the only issue my son had.”