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RDM Will Partner With Alaksa Airlines and The Autism Society of Oregon to Host Autism Awareness Event

Sep-3-2019

On Saturday,  October 19, 2019,  at 10:00 A.M. Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) will partner with the Autism Society of Oregon and Alaska Airlines to host the “Sky’s the Limit!” Program for families that have a member with Autism or other intellectual or developmental disability.

The “Sky’s the Limit!” experience is a useful tool for families that are concerned about the ability of their family member to travel. “Sky’s the Limit” provides these families the opportunity to have a low-pressure travel “trial run.” Participants check in at the airport ticket counter, receive a boarding pass, go through the TSA security screening process, and board an Alaska Airlines airplane, with a real flight crew that will taxi on the RDM runway.

Travel can provoke anxiety in anyone. But for those with autism and their loved ones, the journey can be particularly daunting. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in Oregon – and the world. The “Sky’s the Limit” program also provides airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals and other airport personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured, learning environment.

“Sky’s the Limit!” is open to all ages, but due to Aircraft capacity, participation is strictly limited. Participants must sign up and provide passenger information in advance. Priority will be given to families with planned air travel and to new participants. All TSA and airline rules and regulations apply. Please contact The Autism Society of Oregon directly for an intake form at (503) 636-1676 or by email at Events@AutismSocietyOregon.org For more information visit www.autismsocietyoregon.org.

BACKGROUND

The Autism Society of Oregon is Oregon’s leading organization providing resources, education, advocacy and support for individuals and families living with autism.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 46 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction Study for 12 consecutive years from 2008 to 2019.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Zachary Bass, Airport Director, Redmond Municipal Airport - Phone: (541) 504 3085

Tobi Rates, Executive Director, Autism Society of Oregon - Phone: (503) 636-1676 

 

Volunteer with ASO

ASO is always looking for volunteers to help in fund-raising activities, workshops, educational events, training sessions, and office tasks. We do not provide direct services, so we have limited opportunities to provide direct contact with children on the autism spectrum.

If you have time and/or skills to offer, please contact:

Tobi Rates, Executive Director, Autism Society of Oregon

Phone:  503-636-1676 (Portland area) or 1-888-AUTISM-1 (toll-free)

E-mail:  Tobi@AutismSocietyOregon.org