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Published on : Saturday, September 10, 2016
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will host its latest Ready Set Fly event on Saturday, September 10th to provide a real-world experience of air travel to individuals and families with autism and developmental disabilities. The event, developed in partnership with The Arc San Francisco, will provide guidance and specialized support and to families as they participate in an air travel practice that includes ticketing, security and boarding of an aircraft provided by United Airlines specifically for the event.
Now in its second year at SFO, Ready Set Fly is unique among airport programs supporting individuals with autism and developmental disabilities because of the extensive educational component and the focus on clinical and behavioral strategies to ensure success. SFO has previously partnered with The Arc San Francisco to provide training and education for airport staff with the goal of providing improved support and assistance to individuals with disabilities and their families.
“We are proud to once again offer this unique educational experience at SFO,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “Our goal is to be an exceptional airport in service to our communities, and the Ready Set Fly program demonstrates our commitment to make air travel easier and more accessible to all. We thank our partners at The Arc San Francisco and United Airlines for making this latest event possible.”
“The onboard experience helps participants get a real feel for a trip by air – and all families deserve the opportunity to fly,” said The Arc San Francisco CEO Dr. Glenn Motola. “Just as important is an understanding of how to prepare, and that’s what our pre-boarding workshop provides. From assessing your child’s tolerances and triggers to understanding airport rules, regulations and supports, families who are prepared will have a much more relaxing, comfortable trip – and that’s our goal.”
“Traveling through an airport can be overwhelming at times for any customer,” said Mike Hanna, vice president of United’s San Francisco hub. “The Ready Set Fly program gives families the confidence to be better prepared to travel, but it also gives our employees an invaluable opportunity to understand how to best alleviate anxiety and create an enjoyable experience for these valuable customers.”
Within three days of announcing the latest Ready Set Fly event, The Arc San Francisco reported that it had reached its goal of 60 participating families. The half-day event begins with a workshop in which participants will learn helpful specialists’ tips for traveling with disabilities, from accessing special assistance at the airport to clinical strategies for air travel success. Attendees will then move through the ticket counter and security checkpoint process, making their way to a departure gate to board a United Airbus aircraft, where participants will buckle up with engines running and get a real feel for air travel…without ever leaving the ground.