Special needs individuals and their families may may participate in an air travel preparedness and safety program at Miami International Airport called MIAair! The program provides children with a “dress rehearsal” of the process of traveling through the airport and introduction to boarding the airplane and how it works.
The MIAair Program walks families through the steps of air travel to familiarize them with and improve their airport experience:
- Entering the Airport
- Ticket Counter Expectations
- Receiving and Presenting Boarding Passes
- Passing Through Security
- Practice Boarding an Airplane
- Airplane Safety and Behind-the-Scenes
Children with special needs are often already dealing with day-to-day anxieties and over-stimulation that are triggered by the new experience, change in routine and sensory-stimulating environment of the airport, which can all be anxiety-provoking and interfere with a family’s travel plans.
“It’s basically to give passengers with autism, adults and children, a level of comfort before they board a plane,” an official states in a recent interview with NBC 6 Miami while discussing the MIAair Airport Instruction & Readiness Program.
The MIAair Program Tour runs three times throughout the year, held on weekday mornings. MIAair has been launched with partnership from the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and the Ear Institute at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. To schedule your spot in an upcoming tour, register by going to http://www.miami-airport.com/MIA_registration_form.asp
About the MIAair Airport Instruction & Readiness Program
Miami International Airport’s MIAair is a dress rehearsal program that allows special needs travelers the opportunity to practice the travel experience in a safe and controlled environment. MIAair tours are held weekdays at 10 a.m., approximately three times a year. Exact dates will be announced as tour dates approaches.
About – http://www.miami-airport.com/miaair.asp
Register for a Tour – http://www.miami-airport.com/MIA_registration_form.asp
Read the local NBC 6 Miami Report:
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Miami and Nova Souteastern University
Ear Institute at the University of Miami Health System
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