Appleton International Airport helps alleviate stress for kids with autism


APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – Families who are affected by autism got a practice run specifically designed for them at Appleton International Airport on Saturday.

They got to rehearse what it’s like traveling by air. The program, called “Wings for Autism,” allowed them to practice entering the airport, getting boarding passes, going through security and boarding an airplane.

It allowed parents to see how their children handle being at the airport.

This was the second largest “Wings for Autism” event in the country this year, with 150 people boarding the practice flight in Appleton. Families from Madison, Chicago and Rockford, Ill. participated.

The Arc, an organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helped put on the event, along with the Allegiant Air airline company.