Flying is something many take for granted. We hop on and off airplanes and within hours, we are able to see the world. Yet for individuals with cognitive or developmental disabilities like autism, traveling can be stressful and anxiety-including. The crowds, noise and unfamiliar surroundings can be overwhelming.

The MIA Airport Instruction and Readiness (MIAair) program allows passengers with different disabilities the opportunity to practice the travel experience in a safe and controlled environment. The program helps prepare travelers for future flights.

The program was developed in partnership with the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and the Ear Institute at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System.

 

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MIAair is a dress rehearsal program that allows passengers with different disabilities the opportunity to practice the travel experience in a safe and controlled environment. The program helps prepare travelers for future flights.

MIAair Participants

MIAair participants 

 

If you would like more information and to be added to a future tour, please register here.

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MIAair RESOURCES

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MIAair FAQs

Social Narrative Brief - English

Narrativa Social Abreviada - Espanol

Social Narrative - English

Narrativa Social - Espanol 

Caregiver Information Packet - English 

Paquete de informacion para los Cuidadores - Espanol 

Airline Travel Checklist- English

Lista de Preparacion para el Viaje) - Espanol 

 

 

The Multi-Sensory Room is a dedicated space where passengers with cognitive and developmental disabilities such as autism can enjoy a calm and stimulating environment while they travel through MIA. The room includes sensory aids that stimulate reaction, encourage communication, and reduce agitation and anxiety someimes caused by the hustle and bustle of airport travel.

Multi-Sensory Room

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The Multi-Sensory room open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., is located in Concourse D post-security, just beyond TSA Security Checkpoint #4.

 

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