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Airport program helps travelers with special needs

Rochester, N.Y. -- A new program was unveiled at Rochester's airport Thursday to help ease the anxiety of people with disabilities worried about flying.

Called "Roc Your Flight," the program helps people with special needs experience first-hand the airport and the passenger security screening processes prior to flying from Rochester.

The TSA is working with the Arc of Monroe on this program.

"I think just familiarizing themselves with the process and the mechanics of flying and the airplane, the aircraft ... And then knowing someone at the airport that they can call if they do need that special assistance the next time they travel."

The airport hosted a pilot version of the program last fall in which participants also were able to board and check out a commercial plane.

A course is being held this coming weekend with further courses planned later in the year. For more information, or to sign up for this program, contact the Arc of Monroe at 585-271-0660, ext.1141 or

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Washington Times