Aer Lingus has launched online visual guides to help people with autism and similar conditions prepare for air travel.

Created in partnership with the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, the guides are intended to ease anxieties around flying for individuals with autism. The guides contain a series of slides that walk the viewer through all the steps involved in preparing for and experiencing air travel.

The guides capture the entire air travel experience in colour photographs with first-person language and are divided into three parts: pre-flight, on board, and post-flight. Aer Lingus recommends going through the guides prior to travelling to prepare for the unknown, which can be anxiety-inducing in individuals with autism. It gives parents and caregivers unprecedented access to visuals that are not normally available given today’s security standards.

Declan Kearney, director of Communications at Aer Lingus, commented: “We are delighted to launch this resource as we know it will make a real impact on the travel experience of people with autism. We understand travelling can be a stressful experience for both the individual, families and caregivers and we noticed a need for increased support in this area. The guides are available online […]