Wings for Autism™ event coming to Tulsa International Airport

April is National Autism Awareness Month and Tulsa-based nonprofit

TARC in partnership with Tulsa International Airport, Southwest Airlines,

and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with additional

support from BlueStone Natural Resources will host a Wings for Autism

event on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 1 p.m.

Wings for Autism is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for

individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and aviation

professionals. This free event is designed to alleviate some of the stress

that families who have a child with autism experience when traveling by

air. The program provides families with the opportunity to practice entering

the airport, obtain boarding passes, go through security and board a

plane without actually purchasing airline tickets.

TARC is a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for

Oklahomans with developmental disabilities and their families, and is an

affiliated chapter of The Arc.

Wings for Autism was created by Charles River Center, another affiliated

chapter of The Arc, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Port Authority.