Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lessons to Ease Stress of Air Travel

ATLANTA -- Sally White watched her 32-year-old son, Ted, pace back and forth near the ticketing kiosks at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
One second he stood next to an airline representative. The next he was peering into a small baby stroller that cradled the medical alert dog of one of his classmates. In his right hand was a thick stack of seemingly random papers: crumpled coupons, worn receipts, tiny pictures from magazines. They were Ted's security blanket.
"This is going to be terrifying for him," White said. "He flew prior to 9/11, but since then with all the new procedures and the long lines it has just become too daunting."
Ted is autistic. He and seven other autistic young people were about to begin a journey that would take them miles without ever leaving the ground.

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