For the second year, ExpressJet was proud to support Wings for Autism, an airport “rehearsal” program specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
The program, which takes places across the country in various airports, provides families the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane. ExpressJet provided an aircraft and crew for 141 participants, including 45 children and their families. After checking in and going through the security checkpoint at Baton Rouge Metro Airport, the children boarded the plane for a quick ride down the runway.
Wings for Autism alleviates the stress many families experience when flying with a child with autism or intellectual/developmental disabilities. The event allows children and individuals to experience the new sights and sounds of flight in a structured learning environment at their own pace.
Thanks to our crew and team members who participated and helped to coordinate the special event.