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THE ARC'S WINGS FOR ALL LANDS AT BLUE GRASS AIRPORT

November 4, 2019 – The Arc of Kentucky, The Arc of Central Kentucky, and Delta Air Lines will co-host Wings for All® on Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 pm EST at Blue Grass Airport (LEX). This event is being held in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Autism Society of the Bluegrass. The Wings program is a chance for people with autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families to rehearse the airport experience and board an airplane, many for the first time.

During the event, participants will check in to receive their boarding passes, pass through TSA security checkpoint, wait in the boarding area and board the aircraft. The program will feature a presentation on the aircraft's features, in flight-safety protocols and take-off procedures. Wings for All also gives airport, airline, TSA professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a learning environment.

The Arc founded Wings for All in 2014. Its goal is to alleviate the stress of air travel with practice and to educate airport and airline personnel and TSA on ways to improve the experience for passengers of all ages with autism spectrum disorders and I/DD. This event is free to families and open to all individuals with autism or I/DD, however, pre-registration is required. More than 68 participants from the greater Lexington area are expected to attend the event.

"The Arc of Kentucky is committed to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is enthusiastic about the collaboration with The Arc of Central Kentucky, The Autism Society of the Bluegrass, Delta Air Lines, TSA and Blue Grass Airport. Traveling can be difficult for individuals with disabilities and their families. The more our community understands about disabilities, the more welcoming it can be to our families who are trying to access the foundation that makes our communities so great. Wings for All helps educate airport professionals, alleviate stress for the children, adults, and families, and offers a better understanding of the travel process," said Sherri Brothers, Executive Director of The Arc of Kentucky.

"Blue Grass Airport is proud to support our community with this excellent program that provides families with an opportunity to prepare for air travel," said Eric Frankl, executive director at Blue Grass Airport. "Wings for All is also tremendously beneficial for the airport team, so that we can better understand how to assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during their travels."

About Our Partners

The Autism Society of the Bluegrass is a resource and support group for families and professionals in the Central Kentucky area who are involved with autism. They are a chapter of the Autism Society of America and a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides education as well as scholarships for our members to obtain continuing autism-related education.

The Arc advocates for and serves people wit¬¬h intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of over 600 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.

Blue Grass Airport, located in Lexington, Kentucky, offers non-stop and connecting service to hundreds of destinations worldwide. The airport serves more than 1.4 million passengers annually and supports our community with an economic output exceeding $370 million. Receive the latest airport news by liking us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluegrassairport, following us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/bluegrassairport or following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bgairport.

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