On Saturday, September 21, Autism Speaks was proud to work with JetBlue Aiways to host Blue Horizons for Autism, an event at John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, NY that provided families in the autism community with the opportunity to walk through the airport experience in the most realistic setting to better prepare them for future travel.
The event included checking in, walking through security and boarding the plane at the gate. Pilots and flight attendants were on board to simulate the true on-board experience. The plane pulled away from the gate and taxied around the airport for 20 minutes so participants were able to experience the plane in motion. After deboarding the plane, there was a reception in the terminal featuring drinks, snacks and goodie bags to celebrate the completion of Blue Horizons for Autism! There were multiple behavioral consultants from Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism (NSSA) volunteering throughout the day to assist families with any issues that might arise.
In preparating for the event, we created this guide to the airport for use by families planning air travel experiences:
Stay tuned for information about future Blue Horizons events!
A special thank you to JetBlue Airways for all of their generosity, hard work and dedication in making this exciting event possible.
Autism Speaks thanks Wyndham Worldwide whose generous contributions have helped to fund the Blue Horizons for Autism event as well as the Guide to the Airport Experience.
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