The airport, and air travel can be intimidating for passengers. When you think then of the sensory sensitivities that a child with autism has, air travel can be an incredible challenge – the scanners, the bright lights, the loud announcements and the unfamiliarity of it all.
So many families are touched by autism, and sadly there have been stories in the past where a child with autism was denied boarding, or mistreated, or stared at because of behavior that may have been misunderstood. And so it was with great interest that I heard about the Airport Awareness program developed by Manchester Airport UK for children with autism. Practical and free, it could really be used for any airport experience.