FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Bal – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Hornbecker – TimothyHornbecker@arcalameda.org (415) 850-8037
Wings for All® Lands in San Jose
San Jose, CA – On September 30, The Arc will host a Wings for All® event at San Jose International Airport (SJC). This event is being held in partnership with The Arc of Alameda County, Southwest Airlines, Parents Helping Parents, San Jose International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Doug Flutie Foundation. Wings for All®/Wings for Autism® is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their families, and aviation professionals. The program helps to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a child with autism and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities experience when traveling by air. The program provides families the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security, and boarding a plane.
Wings for Autism®/Wings for All® also gives airport, airline, TSA professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment. This experience is equally useful for families that have a member with other intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) that are concerned about the ability of their family member to travel.
Nearly 75 to 85 participants from the San Jose area are expected to attend the event. Upon arrival, event attendees will check in to receive their boarding pass, go through security, and be greeted at the gate prior to boarding the plane. A small reception will be held afterwards.
“The Arc is bringing Wings for All to San Jose for the first time. I have a stepson who has never flown because we’ve been afraid that he could never get through TSA. Now we can see if he can!” said Tim Hornbecker, Business Development Director of The Arc of Alameda County.
The Arc – The Arc advocates for and serves people with I/DD, including Down syndrome, autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc, based in Washington D.C., has a network of more than 650 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.
The Arc of Alameda County – is one of the 650 chapters of The Arc. It serves some 400 clients offering life skills education, vocational training and job placement services for adults with I/DD. The nonprofit agency also operates a center for preschool children with developmental delays.
Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.