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FWA hosts Wings for Autism flight rehearsal

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects everyone differently. When it comes to flying, people may be sensitive to crowds and loud noises.

Posted: Apr. 28, 2018 9:15 PM
Updated: Apr. 30, 2018 12:29 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Anyone who has ever been through an airport knows there's nothing routine about flying, but for families affected by Autism, it can be even more challenging. That's why Fort Wayne International Airport hosted a rehearsal to help around 75 people soar.

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects everyone differently. When it comes to flying, people may be sensitive to crowds and loud noises.

"The issues really vary from person to person. Autism spectrum disorder, there's a lot of variations. What bothers one person may not bother another person," said Janet Schutte, the marketing and communications director of Easterseals Arc in northeast Indiana.

Camren Hagen's family said he's flown before, but Wings for Autism makes it a little easier by guiding him through getting a boarding pass, security, and of course, boarding the plane.

"He gets very impatient with waiting, so this was a great opportunity for him to be more independent," said Abby Hagen, Camren's mom.

The plane didn't actually take off, but riders still went on an adventure.

"Overall it was a pretty good experience for her. Her favorite part was security," Teresa Secrest said of her granddaughter.

And after Saturday, they're ready for flight.

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