Traveling with children should be an exciting experience that the whole family looks forward to. Whether you’re off to visit Grandma, seeing one of our nation’s great natural parks, or heading to Disney World for the very first time, hopping on an airplane and soaring though the skies should be a fun adventure for the little ones.
But for families traveling with autistic children, airports can be a major source of stress and anxiety. Unfamiliar places, sounds and smells can be frightening for children on the autism spectrum, and families with special needs children often avoid traveling altogether, for fear of what could happen along the way.
A4A and our carriers understand how challenging it can be to travel with a special needs child. We believe every child should have a great experience when they travel, especially the 1 in 68 children who struggle with autism daily. Here are a few stories about how we help make that possible:
Alaska Airlines “Wings for Autism”
JetBlue’s “Blue Horizon for Autism”
Location: Queens, N.Y. Tim Russo had never really known anyone with autism before. But in September 2013, when he was volunteering at JetBlue’s Blue Horizon for Autism event, which lets families with autistic kids experience the airport in a controlled setting, he found himself getting …
Southwest Airlines “Wings for Autism”
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. We encourage everyone to “Light It Up Blue” by wearing blue, lighting your home or office blue and spreading the word about autism this Saturday. We look forward to showing our support for autism awareness this April and we hope you will join us on this very important mission!
For more information about autism and how you can get involved, please visit www.autismspeaks.org/.