in Aerospace

Belfast International lands Autism Impact Award

Posted 4 April 2019 · Add Comment

Autism NI have awarded an Autism Impact Award to Belfast International Airport for adjustments made to the airport journey for those passengers with autism.

Rod Haskins, Airport Operations manager said: "Twenty-five staff members from various organisations within Belfast International Airport worked alongside Autism NI to gain knowledge in the fundamentals of Autism and as a result two staff members been appointed as Autism champions. Our champions have completed an accredited assessment and were responsible for overseeing the implementation of an agreed plan of adjustments within the airport to help individuals with autism and their families on their journey through the airport.

"So far we have made several changes such as having a reserved quieter seating area in the International departures corridor, noise symbols for hand dryers, music signs in cafes, social stories in security.  In addition we have created a downloadable visual pre-visit guide including a countdown timer and holiday guide available on our website. We look forward to working together with Autism Ni in the future to further assist individuals with Autism and their families on their journey through the airport.”

Orla Kelly, Autism NI’s Training and development officer, said: “We are delighted Belfast International Airport has decided to take part in the Impact Award, having already heard from families first hand that have used the airport's pre-visit guide and the difference in anxiety levels it has made when travelling simply due to making the airport a more predictable place we are encouraging more individuals to use the online resources. We look forward to the ongoing partnership with the airport. Well done everyone.”

Autism NI is Northern Ireland’s largest Autism charity, which exists to support individuals with Autism and their families. It campaigns to raise awareness of Autism within wider society and to support those affected by this disability in becoming integrated, valued members of the community.  Tuesday 2nd April 2019 was World Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness month.


* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

Royal Navy test fires new anti-ship missile

A target boat took a direct hit in the Irish Sea as the Royal Navy successfully tested its new missile to defeat terrorists and suicide bombers.

Construction begins on F-35 infrastructure at RAF Lakenheath

Work has started on buildings that will be home to two US Air Force F-35 squadrons at RAF Lakenheath.

US Ambassador highlights special security relationship at Heathrow

Heathrow hosted US Ambassador to the UK yesterday, who heralded Heathrow’s strong security partnership with US authorities, thanking the airport for its efforts to keep the skies safe for transatlantic passengers and make travel

TT Electronics unveils new modular current sensor approach for aircraft electrical systems

Provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, TT Electronics, today unveiled an innovative approach to developing customised solutions for the harsh environment requirements of the aerospace and

NCSC releases 2019 Active Cyber Defence report

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released its Active Cyber Defence (ACD) report yesterday, revealing that a scam to defraud thousands of UK citizens using a fake email address spoofing a UK airport, was one of a wide range of

Baines Simmons appoints Mike Da Silva as consultant

Baines Simmons, part of the Consulting & Training division of global aviation services group Air Partner, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Da Silva as consultant. He will report directly to Mike Wallace, Head of

ODU 0201311219
See us at
SMI GMS BT1906071119VIDSE BT1605060320SMI FAV BT1006141119DSEI JP BT1605201119SMI ActiveP BT1206121119ADSS1000DBT1706171019