ACHIEVE, the Greater Binghamton Regional Airport, and Delta Airlines, served by SkyWest, co-hosted Wings for All® on Saturday, Oct. 26, for 40 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers.
The Wings program is a chance for individuals with autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to rehearse the airport experience and board an airplane, many for the first time.
“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to give families and caregivers some peace of mind when they consider traveling, while also educating airline staff about providing service to the disabled,” said Amy Howard, ACHIEVE CEO. “The Wings for All program really empowers everyone involved by continuing to build independence.”
The Arc US founded Wings for All in 2014 with the goal of alleviating the stress of air travel for families caring for a disabled individual through practice, and to educate airport and airline personnel and TSA on ways to improve the experience for passengers of all ages with autism spectrum disorders and I/DD.
As a chapter of The Arc New York, it is the mission of ACHIEVE to advocate for an enhanced quality of life through skill advancement, inclusion, integration, and independence of persons with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities through services provided in Broome, Chenango and Tioga Counties.
The Arc US advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), 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.