Wings for Autism
OUR NEXT WINGS FOR AUTISM EVENT WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2024.
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON MARCH 1, 2024
Wings for Autism(TM) is a free program specifically designed to support families of children with autism, creating a travel test run to help ease the stress of airline travel. By getting comfortable with the airport and flight experience (without actually leaving the airport) parents and their children with special needs can gain the familiarity and confidence they need to take future trips.
By getting comfortable with the airport and flight experience (without actually leaving the airport) parents and their children with special needs can gain the familiarity and confidence they need to take future trips.
During this free, half-day event, children and their families are able to familiarize themselves with the airport and travel procedures.
They experience …
- Entering the airport
- The check-in process and checking bags
- Security screening
- Boarding the plane
- Preparing for take-off
- Exiting the plane
Practicing these steps helps establish a travel routine—so important for many children with autism who rely on repetition and structure.
Wing for Autism events are held regularly in April and November at Boston Logan Airport, and periodically at other regional airports throughout New England.
Additional Resources for Families Traveling with Children with Disabilities
- TSA Cares: Families requiring special accommodations or concerned about the security screening process may request the services of a TSA Passenger Support Specialist (PSS), who can provide assistance through security screening. A PSS is a TSA officer who has received specialized training, including how to effectively assist and communicate with individuals with disabilities or medical conditions; and travelers who need additional screening assistance. For more information, click here.
- Massport Passenger Services provides information and resources for passengers with disabilities, passengers with food allergies, and family travel. Click here for more information.