at CRC, presented an overview of the program.
She also described a number of scenarios in which
families with children on the autism spectrum had
attempted to fly and had such difficulty, and in
some cases traumatic experiences, that they simply
had to walk off the airplane — disappointed, frustrated, embarrassed and in need of help.
The workshop provided a better understand-
ing and appreciation for the many challenges that
children with autism and their families face on a
day-to-day basis. Additionally, it offered a forum to
introduce the CRC. The CRC, and more specifical-
ly, Robtoy, became the point of contact and master
link between the airport and autism community.
Once we had acquired all of the tools and infor-
mation necessary to host a large-scale Wings for
Autism event, the next challenge was to identify
the right partners to formally develop the program
and bring it to fruition.