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BWI offers airport practice time to passengers with disabilities

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is offering passengers with disabilities a chance to act out a run-through of the often stressful experience of air travel.

The program, called Wings for Autism, will be held on Saturday for 70 families across Maryland. The event will give children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to practice the process of boarding a plane, from parking and checking in to security and boarding, according to a news release.

The event is put together by The Arc organization in partnership with BWI, Southwest Airlines, the Transportation Security Administration and Airmall, officials said.

“For parents of children with autism or other intellectual or developmental disabilities, air travel can prove to be particularly challenging, given the issues inherent in clearing security, the overwhelming noises, and harsh lights,” said Stephen H. Morgan, executive director of The Arc Baltimore. “This program will not only help to alleviate some of the stress individuals may feel, but also help to educate airport and airline professionals about how best to serve children and adults with autism or other intellectual and developmental disabilities in the future.”

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