"Wings for All" Program Landed in Houston
The Arc of Fort Bend County, The Arc of Greater Houston and The Arc of Texas along with our other partners, George Bush International Airport, TSA and United Airlines, hosted the first “Wings for All’ event in Texas on April 28 and, it was a great success!
“Wings for All” is an airport rehearsal - specially designed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and aviation professionals. The program was developed by the Charles River Center, a local chapter of The Arc, and was designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with a disability experience when traveling by air. The program provides families the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining their boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane. "Wings for All" also gives airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment.
I invite you to watch this short video which includes images from our April 28 "Wings For All" event. It was pure joy to see the look of accomplishment as families walked off the plane. Close to 70 families participated.
Everyone involved was thrilled with the event’s success and we are already selecting a date for this fall’s "Wings for All" event. IAH would like to conduct this event two times a year moving forward!
Just as important, Amy Mizcles and Alexa Schoeman, from The Arc of Texas trained approximately 35 airport staff and volunteers prior to the event. The training encompassed how to treat and interact with people with IDD. The material was so well received that the airport will be sharing it with all their volunteers moving forward. In addition, United Airlines has asked for a copy of the presentation to share with their staff.