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CVG and Partners Prepare Individuals with Autism and Their Families for Air Travel


top story photo On Saturday, April 22, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) will host its seventh SOAR (Starting Our Adventure Right) event.

Entering its seventh event, the SOAR program provides individuals on the Autism Spectrum as well as other developmental disabilities airport experience through first-hand familiarization and encouragement. This acceptance-through-education opportunity is not only professionally designed to provide comfort to those involved, but is also a chance to raise understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other related developmental disabilities among airport community personnel and employees.

Individuals with ASD and up to three family members will experience a fully guided tour and walk-through of airport travel processes from start to finish. This includes check-in, security, departure gate, aircraft on-boarding, and return to bag claim. Volunteer health, airport, airline, and security personnel will be present throughout for mutual support and education.

"Our vision is to make travel through CVG an unforgettably positive experience for all of our travelers," said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, CVG. "This program provides comfort to autistic travelers, as well as their families and our own employees. It is an invaluable chance to make travel a positive and easy experience for everyone. We're happy to partner with The Kelly O'Leary Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, Delta Air Lines and TSA."

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