Wings for All program takes off at Blue Grass Airport

Posted at 7:01 PM, Nov 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-10 05:24:18-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Close to 70 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities gathered at Blue Grass Airport Saturday to get more comfortable with the airport experience.

"All of our families will get a little set of wings," said Sherri Brothers, executive director of The Arc of Kentucky, an organization that works with people with special needs. "They're able to wear those wings when they come back, and the airport is able to identify them as a person with special needs. It makes it easier when they're traveling again."

In partnership with Delta Airlines, The Arc founded 'Wings for All' in 2014, with the goal of alleviating the stress of air travel for passengers of all ages with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.

During the event, participants checked in to receive their boarding passes, went through security, and boarded an airplane.

The simulation was free to families and open to all individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.