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Each event is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. on the dates below.

Sign up for one event:

January 5, 2013
March 2, 2013 
May 4, 2013
July 13, 2013
September 7, 2013
November 2, 2013


Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport 
Humphrey Dr.
Minneapolis, MN 55450

Driving Directions 


Janette Johnson
Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
651.647.1083  ext. 13

Chris Bentley


Register your family for "Navigating Autism"  

Many families who have children with autism avoid flying because they are unsure how their children will respond. In an effort to ease the anxiety associated with an airport visit and flying, the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC), Fraser and the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) have teamed up to create the Navigating Autism program. The program includes several events, all designed specifically for individuals with autism, that guide families through the steps of an airport visit, from walking in the door to finding their seat on a plane.

During the Navigating Autism event, families will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the airport and travel procedures. Children will practice entering the airport, obtain a security pass, go through screening at a TSA security checkpoint and walk through the airport to a boarding gate.  To culminate their experience, children and their families will board an aircraft and find their seats. Please note that the aircraft will remain on the ground. 

In addition to preparing families for a positive travel experience, the Navigating Autism program also will provide a valuable training and awareness opportunity for airport, airline and TSA personnel to learn how to accommodate children with autism and other special needs.  

Families are invited to participate in any one of the 6 Navigating Autism event sessions, scheduled on the 1st Saturday of every other month (starting in January). Join MAC, Fraser and AuSM for a fun, safe practice run, while learning from airport personnel what works and what doesn't work to make your travel experience efficient and less stressful.

These events are being offered free of charge, and require pre-registration.

Events Details:  

  • One week prior to the event you will receive an email with the event details and a 'I'm Going To The Airport' social story.
  • On the day of the event go to terminal one (T1-Lindbergh) 
  • Bring a carry-on piece of luggage (please no liquids)
  • Park in short term parking, pull ticket and bring it in for validation
  • Go to tram level  (T level) information booth
  • Show yout ticket and government issued picture ID, sign in and get security passes
  • A laminated airport photo card (on a lanyard) will be given to you showing the process
  • The tour will be in small groups and depart on time. (PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO GET SECURITY PASSES)
  • Experience check-in process and security checkpoint
  • Walk to gate, board and tour a parked plane
  • Optional:  Visit observation deck & board tram to children's play area 
  • End in baggage claim (on own)