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SFO, The Arc San Francisco and United to Host On-Aircraft Practice and Educational Event for Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Ready Set Fly program offers real-world experience of air travel without leaving the ground

SAN FRANCISCO - September 6, 2016 - The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is partnering with The Arc San Francisco and United Airlines to host an educational event for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities and their families.  The “Ready Set Fly” program, now in its second 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 United Airlines aircraft assigned especially for the event.   Before boarding, participants will learn specialists’ tips for travelling with disabilities.  Media are invited to cover the event, which will include interview opportunities with select participating families.


Ready Set Fly event for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities


  • Participants going through simulated check-in process at ticket counter and security checkpoint
  • Interview opportunities with select participating families
  • Stand-up interviews with experts on neuro-developmental challenges from The Arc San Francisco


San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 3, Departure Level, Door 03.  Simulated check-in will occur at United Group Check-in counter, located adjacent to Door 03.


Saturday, September 10, 2016
Media are welcome to arrive at 12:45pm
Ticket counter practice check-in begins at 1:00pm


Please RSVP to Meredith Manning, Director of Communications, The Arc San Francisco at mmanning@thearcsf.org or call (415) 902-9859.


Please park in the Domestic Garage, section “F” and bring your ticket for validation.  If you require curb side parking, please call in advance.  Space is limited and offered on a first come basis.

About The Arc San Francisco
The Arc San Francisco is a lifelong learning and achievement center for over 700 individuals with developmental disabilities in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.  For over 60 years, The Arc has been widely recognized for its innovation in education and career programs as well as independent living services, health advocacy and a broad range of arts and recreation opportunities.

The Arc supports individuals with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities to meet the challenges of adulthood while achieving personal goals and lifelong success.  Our affiliations with over 200 business, education and health partners enable us to provide successful internships and employment opportunities while offering a more diverse, enriching life experience for those we serve.

For more information, visit http://www.thearcsf.org