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SFO, The Arc San Francisco and JetBlue Host On-Aircraft Practice for Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Diversity Skills Social development

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is partnering with The Arc San Francisco and JetBlue to host an educational event for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities and their families. The “Ready Set Fly” program, now in its fourth year at SFO, provides customized support and guidance to families as they participate in an air travel practice that includes ticketing, security and boarding a JetBlue aircraft assigned especially for the event. Before boarding, participants will learn specialists’ tips for traveling with disabilities. Media are invited to cover the event, which will include interview opportunities with select participating families.

WHAT:
Ready Set Fly event for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities

VISUAL:
• Participants going through simulated check-in process at ticket counter and security checkpoint
• Interview opportunities with select participating families and experts on neuro-developmental challenges from The Arc San Francisco
• Media access onboard JetBlue aircraft

WHERE:
San Francisco International Airport, International Terminal, Departure Level. Family practice ticketing and check-in will occur at the JetBlue ticket counter, located at Aisle 10 of the International Terminal Main Hall.

WHEN:
Saturday, September 22, 2018
• 1:00pm - Media are welcome to arrive, set up
• 1:30pm - Families go through ticketing, security checkpoint, out to departure gate area
• 2:30pm - Families board JetBlue aircraft
• 3:30pm - Event concludes

SECURITY SCREENING:
Attending media are welcome to access the departure gate area, but will be required to undergo screening at the security checkpoint. All current TSA restrictions on items permitted through security will apply. For more information, please visit: www.tsa.gov/travel

RSVP & CONTACT:
The Arc San Francisco: Meredith Manning, at [email protected]
SFO Airport: Brian Poole, at [email protected]

PARKING:
Please park in the International Garage “A” and bring your ticket for validation. If you require curbside parking, please call in advance. Space is limited and offered on a first come basis.