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TSA Wants to Help Travelers with Special Needs

March 17, 2015

On Monday, the Transportation Security Administration said they want passengers with special needs and their families to know that help is available to help smooth the travel experience.

“We can make it very smooth for people,” said Jerry Henderson, who runs TSA at Orlando International Airport. “It can all be arranged.” The key, he said, is to get in touch with TSA as early as possible. 

In 2014, TSA at Orlando International handled 1,370 assistance requests regarding accommodations for individuals with special needs.

Autism Speaks is proud to partner with JetBlue Airways on the Blue Horizons for Autism program that allows families to practice the travel experience in a real life setting. 

To help families prepare for the event and other air travel experiences, we have developed a teaching story Adventures in Autism: A Guide to the Airport Experience.