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Houston Airports become more accessible for children with disabilities

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Houston – George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) have rolled out free technology aimed at enhancing the airport experience for children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. The airports partnered with Infiniteach to introduce the Access Houston Airports mobile app to help families prepare for their trip.

With the app, families will find an array of tools to transition through all phases of the airport experience.  From arriving to the airport, to departing the airport and everything in between, the app’s comprehensive approach aids in improving passenger comfort. “Houston Airports continues to embrace technology to go the extra mile to assist passengers of all abilities on their journey through our airports,” said Jesus Saenz, Houston Airports Chief Operating Officer.

The app is embedded with research-based strategies proven to help individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Specific app features include:

  • explorer guides, short picture stories that describe each space in the airport;
  • schedule function, a visual checklist that can be customized;
  • communication icons, to assist those who are less verbal in talking or asking for help; and
  • caregiver supports, including terminal maps, tips and more to help in planning a visit to the airport.

The Access Houston Airports app is free to download, and available through the App Store and Google Play.

 

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