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Families dealing with autism get test flight

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The event is designed to acclimate children with autism to the flying experience, without the hassle of actually trying to catch a plane. (Source: Coastal Autism Solutions) The event is designed to acclimate children with autism to the flying experience, without the hassle of actually trying to catch a plane. (Source: Coastal Autism Solutions)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Families that have children with autism are getting the opportunity to take the preflight check list to a whole new level Saturday at the ILM Airport.

April is Autism Awareness month and Coastal Autism Solutions is teaming with UNCW and ILM to give families that have children with autism a chance to go through the entire airport experience. From check-in to boarding, families will get to practice what can be a hectic experience.

The event is designed to acclimate autistic children to the flying experience, without the hassle of actually trying to catch a plane. Certified Behavior Analysts will be there to provide families with strategies to help their travel experience be successful. Families will also get materials to take home to use for future travel.

Autism Takes Flight at ILM is being held Saturday, April 26 at the Wilmington International Airport. There will be two groups running through the simulation at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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