Charleston, South Carolina - The Arc of South Carolina, The Arc of the Low Country, Charleston International Airport, Delta Air Lines, and Enterprise Holdings will co-host Wings for All on Saturday, April 15, 2023. The Wings program is a chance for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families to rehearse the airport experience and board an airplane, many for the first time. The Arc founded Wings for All in 2014. The goal was to alleviate the stress of air travel with practice and to educate airport and airline personnel, and TSA on ways to improve the experience for passengers of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This event is free to families and open to all individuals with IDD, however pre-registration is required because space is limited. Register for the program here.
Wings for Autism/Wings for All is an airport “rehearsal” program created to alleviate some of the stress individuals with autism or other intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families experience when traveling by air. Created by the Charles River Center, a local chapter of The Arc in Massachusetts, Wings for Autism/Wings for All helps ease family’s concerns regarding how their loved one will react to different stimuli in the airport, such as bright lights, noises, TSA security screening, and crowds. This program aims to give solutions to these concerns to make air travel easier.
Wings for Autism/Wings for All also gives airport, airline, TSA professionals, and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact, and deliver their services in a structured learning environment. For more about the Wings for All program, visit https://thearc.org/our-initiatives/travel/.
About the Arc
The Arc advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of over 600 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.