Boarding pass for autism / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Boarding pass for autism

From check-in to take-off: Children and young persons with autism learn not to be afraid to “spread their wings”

NOV 2018 – MAY 2019
For children belonging to the broad spectrum of autism
How easy or difficult is it for a child or adolescent with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to be on a flight? How can we, as fellow passengers, help?
Cost: Free admission
Can you remember the first time you boarded a plane? Light signs, check-in, gate numbers, announcements, security controls, fasten your seat belts, ready for take-off… Air travel is still a source of stress for most of us. How does a child or teenager with autism actually cope with all these novel stimuli? One out of every 68 children is diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Many times, air travel is not the preferred mode of transport for these children and their families. Are you familiar with what you could or should do as a good fellow-passenger in cases where the person sitting next to you reacts in an unexpected way due to stress?
For the second year running, children with ASD and their families prepare to fly by familiarising themselves with the process of travelling by plane, through the innovative flight simulation programme “Boarding Pass for Autism”, created by the Onassis Foundation. At the same time, Athens International Airport staff receive appropriate training, while relevant booklets have already been published, containing individual social stories targeted at therapists and parents of children with ASD (available here), as well as information booklets for each traveller (available here).

Click here to read more about the programme and the participation conditions.


Academic lead:
Aggeliki Gena, Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology at Athens University
Academic team:
Katingo Chatzipatera - Giannoulis, Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology American College of Greece, Deree College
Katerina Drosinou, Special Education Teacher

Concept conceived and designed by:
Christina Panagiotakou

The educational programme was created by the Onassis Foundation in association with Athens International Airport under the academic aegis of Athens University and with the generous support of AEGEAN.

read more

Addressed to:
Children on the autism spectrum and their families
Staff at Athens International Airport and members of the airport community as a whole.
Special Education experts - Therapists

November 2018 - May 2019
The exact dates will be announced soon

Free admission
Reservation and more info:
Booking required, at 
Booking requests will be treated on a first-come first-served basis.
T: +30 210 37 13000

sponsoring / partnerships




Hospitality sponsor

Medical cover

Supported by