Burbank airport joins Wings for Autism

April 10, 2013 by  

Burbank Bob Hope Airport has joined forces with JetBlue Airways to host its first ‘Wings for Autism’ event

For the last three years, crewmembers of JetBlue Airways in Boston have taken part in Wings for Autism, helping families who have children afflicted with the condition to be introduced to travel. The airline works in conjunction with The Charles River Center to train volunteer members of the airline crew to care for families who are travelling with autistic children.

According to statistics, one child in every 88 is affected by autism. These children and their families can have difficulty traveling due to long lines, unfamiliarity, loud noises, and anxiety. Through Wings for Autism, families are given time and the necessary resources to help their child to settle and become comfortable with the experience of travelling. Volunteer crewmembers are prepared for all the needs of families, including the unexpected.

The Boston event took place on April 6 to honor Autism Awareness Month. Families were able to experience the boarding process on a stationary aircraft, become familiar with the interior of a plane, meet members of the crew and pilots, and enjoy some of the snacks which were available.

Crewmembers from JetBlue and other aircraft volunteer their time to raise awareness of The Charles River Center and its work. Local printing services may be required to promote the event and call for more volunteers from local airlines. The Burbank Wings for Autism event will take place on May 4.