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CVG to Offer Airport Experience to Autistic Individuals

On Saturday, April 25, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) will host its third SOAR (Starting Our Adventure Right) event, in conjunction with The Kelly O’Leary Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, and air carrier sponsor, Delta Air Lines. SOAR partners also recognize TSA and TSA Cares for their supporting contributions. 

SOAR is a unique acceptance-through-education opportunity, professionally designed to provide those on the Autism Spectrum first-hand airport familiarization and encouragement to travel by air while increasing ASD understanding among our airport community professionals. Individuals with ASD and up to three family members experience a fully guided tour of airport travel processes to include check-in, security, departure gate, aircraft on-boarding, and return to bag claim. Volunteer health, airport, airline, and security personnel will be present throughout for mutual support and education.

Interested participants must register at cvgairport.com/SOAR. In addition, one parent or guardian must attend a training on Thursday, April 16from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Space is limited. Registration ends on Friday, April 10.

“We strive to accommodate our passengers at CVG,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. “This is a great opportunity for families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience CVG. We want our passengers to feel safe and comfortable when flying. We are proud to partner with The Kelly O’Leary Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, Delta Air Lines and TSA.”

“We want to thank all of our SOAR partners. The families and children that we work with at The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TKOC) are greatly appreciative of the program. Due to SOAR, some families can now fly to experience a family vacation,” said Dr. Jennifer Smith, The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TKOC), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Parent/Guardian Training (Required, minimum one attendee)

  • Thursday, April 16
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

SOAR Event Day

  • Saturday, April 25
  • 9 a.m.  – 12 p.m.

Participation is limited. Additional details to be provided via email upon successful registration. Questions? Contact CVG via email.

-Staff report