Soaring for Autism
In partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, TSA-Indy, and Delta Airlines the Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) is excited to offer a unique experience to individuals of all ages with autism. We know that traveling can be difficult for some children and adults with autism. We also know that preparation is the key to helping make the travel experience easier. Participants with autism and their companion (parents, caregivers, friends, siblings) will experience the steps most people take when coming to the airport.
* Parking* (long term, short term, dropping off at departures)
* Taking the shuttle from the parking lot / Walking through the garage
* Going to the ticketing counter
* Security screening
* Finding the gate
* Boarding the airplane, finding their seats, listening to the announcements
* Baggage claim
Additionally, participants will be able to explore the plane and meet the pilot and flight attendants.
*Parking is free to all participants
*You do not need to bring luggage, you can bring a small carry-on bag
Pictures from our Soaring for Autism Events:
November 4, 2017 – Soaring for Autism
April 15, 2017 – Soaring for Autism
November 5, 2016 – Soaring for Autism
Options and Materials you can use to help prepare for flying:
– You can go to the Indianapolis International Airport public area (Ticketing, Food Court, and baggage claim) to explore the area, get used to the crowds, sights, sounds, etc. Plus watch the airplanes. You will have to pay for your own parking and not be able to go past the security check. This option is still a good opportunity to practice your travel day.
– Check out our article: Flying soon? 5 Tips to Prepare Your Child with Autism for Air Travel
– Download Social Story about going to the airport.
– Check out TSA Cares to learn more about travelers requiring special accommodations or concerned about the security screening process at the airport may ask a TSA officer or supervisor for a passenger support specialist who can provide on-the-spot assistance.
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Follow this link to see more pictures from the Soaring for Autism on November 5, 2016.