As part of their celebration of World Children’s Day, Cebu Pacific teamed up with the Autistic Society Philippines (ASP) on a program designed to get people on the autism spectrum and their families comfortable with flying.
This event, dubbed “Autism Angels Take Flight,” was held in conjunction with sensitivity training for select Cebu Pacific staff members. The aim is to spread awareness of the requirements of families traveling with a person with autism.
Vice President Candice Iyog of Cebu Pacific explained that the airline’s commitment to ASP stems from the company’s commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion. The event is also in sync with the 2022 World Children’s Day theme of “Choose Kind”.
Air travel can be difficult for children on the autism spectrum. Because of their extreme sensitivity to loud, bright lights, and large crowds, these youngsters require extensive planning and preparation before venturing out into public.
One of the most pressing issues for people on the spectrum throughout ASP’s 33-year history has been access to transportation. Sensitisation to flying, particularly the airport experience, is crucial for their development. Being able to take a flight in a plane before going somewhere new helps them get used to the atmosphere.
More than 50 Persons with Autism (PWA) from different Metro Manila ASP chapters and their families came out to the event. The event organisers had constructed a makeshift airport terminal complete with a check-in desk and boarding gate counter. They were also taken on a tour of the Cebu Pacific plane, and played some games throughout the journey. Concluding the event, the youngsters received goodie bags stocked with snacks, Cebu Pacific souvenirs and in-flight meals.