The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) and Kelowna International Airport (YLW) will be hosting the first-ever YLW Accessibility Tour for families living with autism.
Come out on Sunday, November 19th, and take a tour with your families through the entire pre-flight process, including entering the airport, waiting in line, passing through security and boarding a plane.
The Canucks Autism Network’s I CAN Fly program was developed in partnership with Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in 2014.
Due to anxiety or sensory sensitivities, children with autism can be overwhelmed by the pre-flight experience. This can present a significant challenge for families with autism to successfully and comfortably navigate the airport environment.
“The Accessibility Tour is a truly unique resource for children with autism to familiarize themselves with the airport process,” explained Katy Harandi, CAN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that the I CAN Fly program at YLW will open a new world of possibilities for families living with autism in the Kelowna community."
By providing families with a simulated experience, the program will better prepare children with autism for what to expect at the airport.
The program also aims to educate airport employees and volunteers on how to accommodate individuals with autism and better anticipate challenging situations.
Families with autism that are interested in participating in the I CAN Fly Accessibility Tour at YLW can sign up at canucksautism.ca/events.