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Autism Aviators, a program to help make travel more accessible, takes off

Airports can be busy places at the best of times, but travel plans don’t always go smoothly and even a small travel hiccup can make the whole process more intimidating for someone with autism.“With autism, one of the things we know is routine, scheduling and knowing what’s coming is very important,” said Jenny Tyler with Autism Nova Scotia.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Halifax Public Library introduces new autism tool kitThat’s why the organization teamed up with the Halifax Airport Authority to create Autism Aviators, a program to help make travel more accessible to those on the autism spectrum.Every two years, the program hosts a mock travel day. Autism travellers and their families go through all the steps, from checking in to going through security and even boarding a plane.“This is one way that we can give back to the community and make a group of people that might not be able to travel otherwise familiar with the airport and the processes,” said Kelly Martin, customer service manager for the airport authority.The program first began at the Halifax airport but has since expanded to other airports in the Maritimes with the goal of expanding further in the future.The Autism Aviators program is taking place @HfxStanfield airport today. It’s a mock travel day where people with a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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For people like Jacob Thibault, it’s a great idea. He’s travelled once before but decided to attend Sunday’s event to help prepare for an upcoming trip to California.Thibault says he learned a lot.“The stuff like the security and stuff to get on the plane,” he said.WATCH: Unique cross-Canada autism job fair