Wings for All®
Wings for All® is an innovative program that allows children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or another disability that causes difficulty traveling via airplane, to experience boarding a plane so that they can become comfortable and familiar with the process. Those with ASD can be very sensitive to external stimuli and unfamiliar situations. The beeping of a metal detector, stress of being surrounded by strangers, and the noise of a plane taking off can be overwhelming for those with ASD, and as a result, many families forgo much-needed travel.
During a Wings for All® event, families are invited to complete the boarding process at a participating airport so that children with ASD can experience the sights and sounds of an airport in a more controlled environment. By introducing this experience before a child actually boards a plane, families are more equipped to navigate this potentially overwhelming event. Wings for All® is held at local airports thanks to their collaboration with The Arc, TSA agents, flight attendants, and pilots.
Upcoming Wings for All® events:
Photos from past events can be found on our Gallery page.
Check out this article written by WYFF4!
"My name is Hali Brown, the LIFE instructor here at Coastal Carolina University. The LIFE Program works with students who have mild to moderate intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. This past October, we joined you all at the Myrtle Beach Airport for the Wings For All event. This event was VERY beneficial for our students – without giving any personal information away, we received multiple emails from our student’s families during Thanksgiving discussing how successful our students were while traveling alone over the holiday break. With that being said, we are highly interested in participating again next year and would love any updates on any event that you ever have in the area.
Thank you for everything you do, you have made such an impact in our community and like I mentioned, even our families have noticed a difference in their students." (MYR 10/12/2022)
"I can't begin to tell you how wonderful The Arc event at the Myrtle Beach International Airport was. The challenges of having twins with Autism are nothing less than stressful with just the daily living skills, never mind trying to be adventurous. The event gave me great insight into what I need to work on so that I am able to travel with them. I am needing to take a long trip (to Greece) where my in-laws are located and are too old to travel. The twins thoroughly enjoyed being on a plane and especially loved the taxi around the runway. This would not have been possible without your help. The event was so amazing that it brought tears to my eyes. I am so excited about a test trip that I am now planning and can hardly wait to go. I'm not sure where we will go, but anywhere we end up will be our own adventure. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." - A Wings for Autism® parent (MYR 11/12/16)
"The event was a great learning experience. It was a priceless experience to be able to meet the wonderful children and help them through the learning experience." - Airport representative (MYR 11/12/16)
"THANK YOU for such a great event! It exceeded my expectations. Everything was so well coordinated and everyone was so friendly. Thank you for doing this for so many families! My girls had a great time! I have learned just so much from a couple of hours at the airport." - A Wings for All® parent (GSP 4/29/17)
Check us out in the news:
Follow this link to our National Page, where you can find more information.
Stay Updated on when the next WINGS FOR ALL event will be near you!
Wings for All® and The Arc are trademarks of The Arc of the United States, Inc.
Wings for All® was created by the Charles River Center, an affiliated chapter of The Arc, in collaboration with Massachusetts Port Authority. For additional information about bringing Wings to an airport near you, please email email@example.com.
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