FREE FAST TRACK AIRPORT SECURITY FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN//FAMILY MANCHESTER AIRPORT @ Manchesterairport
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FREE FAST TRACK AIRPORT SECURITY FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN//FAMILY MANCHESTER AIRPORT @ Manchesterairport

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Found 5th Jul 2015
Updated - see link for new info

If this helps one family guys then happy days

Children with autism can be fast-tracked through security at Manchester Airport to make travelling easier for them and their families.

The airport launched the scheme after recognising that those with the condition can find it a ‘confusing and frightening experience’.

Parents can contact the airport ahead of their trip to get a booklet - specific to each terminal - and a video giving children a step-by-step guide of what they can expect.

Once families confirm to the airport that their child is on the autism spectrum they will be given a wristband to wear at the airport - which alerts staff and allows them to be fast-tracked through security.

Families with prams and pushchairs are already taken through the faster lane, but it is a perk that other passengers have to pay extra for.

Parents are asked to prove their child is on the spectrum and can do so via a disability living allowance letter, an occupational therapy report or a disability nurse report.

If someone was to turn up on the day without proof, airport staff still ‘try to help’, but warned against it and are doing what they can to ensure the system isn’t abused.

Parents can contact the airport ahead of their trip to get a booklet - specific to each terminal - and a video giving children a step-by-step guide of what they can expect.

Top comments

bruceboy

This will be so badly abused, and eventually scrapped. Too many **** in … This will be so badly abused, and eventually scrapped. Too many **** in this country just waiting to take advantage of anything that makes their selfish life easier. You do not get a badge stating you have 'autism'. Go figure.'Parents are asked to prove their child is on the spectrum and can do so via a disability living allowance letter, an occupational therapy report or a disability nurse report'.Who wants a report? I'll do it for a fiver. Get it cheaper by doing it yourself.



As a parent of two autistic boys I always carry the medical papers necessary, but to be honest in a busy airport, that's going to be loud etc the airport staff will be able to tell who the auties are without needing papers, the meltdown and anxiety will be obvious

This is the sort of thing that makes our lives a little easier and gives us a chance of "normal" stuff that is usually so far out of reach. Hopefully more airports etc will follow soon, thank you OP for highlighting this

I've found this debate very interesting - it's surprising how many people feel ADHD doesn't exist and how many people feel that those with an invisible disability like autism should just suck it up.
My dad was recently diagnosed with ADHD by a brain specialist - it's not just naughty little boy syndrome as he'll be 60 on his next birthday - it's plagued him through his life, contributing to low self esteem and depression. How does it manifest itself on a man this age ? He has poor concentration, he seeks out danger in various forms and if I went into full detail of things he's done during the time I've known him your hair would curl just reading it. Did he go through the the process to get DLA ? No, he did it because he has tried to commit suicide twice last year and he wanted to get to the bottom of why he wasn't like 'normal' people. Is ADHD over diagnosed ? Probably, I would say like autism some day soon they will have to set a limit on how far up the spectrum you are before your diagnosed as we are all on the spectrum somewhere and it we all get diagnosed the people who are moderate to severe will miss out in help as all services will be oversubscribed.
As for autism, I have 2 boys on the spectrum, the oldest could queue without too much distress, his diagnosis is aspergers and he is on the mild/moderate side, is he running around feral, no he'll stand quietly, a little bit nervous and he'll shift from foot to foot as he finds standing still a challenge. My younger boys is 4, he finds it much more difficult, he didn't talk until he was almost 4, when he is excited or anxious he will check his knuckles until they are red raw, he still requires a buggy as he finds walking difficult - a place like the airport ( new, noise, bright etc ) will having him walking on his tiptoes and that makes him tired, even on a normal day he finds walking an effort and he cannot seems to simply walk, he jumps, skips, hops on one foot, this doesnt sound like a problem but can you imagine how tired you would get if you, jumped, ran, skipped and hopped everywhere you went ?
Will he be noisy ? While me and my husband will try to keep him calm and reassure him it is likely he will be noisier than an 'average' child, at home it's like his volume switch is stick on high, he is unable to whisper and finds it challenging to use an indoor voice - it's like he is totally unaware or unable to speak quietly.
I would use this service if it was available, if I was travelling with just the oldest I wouldn't feel the need.

To respond to the more controversial comments
Bruce - I can totally see what you mean, people think it's unthinkable to imagine that people seek out a diagnosis to get access to benefits, I think it is unthinkable that people would pretend they are from a broken relationship to get another social house so they can both claim they are single and maximise the benefits they get but unfortunately it happens daily. People would do anything for 'free money'

As for northerndave, I'm hoping your just a troll, trying to stoke up some hatred from hiding behind your keyboard. If this is a view that you would express in a crowded room full of actual, real people I fear that if we ever where to meet things might get unpleasant to say the least.

As for the other snobs who feel these feral children are ruining my holiday and imagine I actually paid to get fast track - all I can say is let's hope you are blessed with a child with autism or similar difficulties, perhaps it would give you a different outlook on life. If having more people fast tracked is such a massive Inconvience you feel the need to come on Internet boards and berate those living with an invisible disability all I can say is wow, you really are shallow.

And to all those others who have made abusive comments I would say would you say it in the real world, if not please don't say it here, behind our keyboard we are all real people, and it would seem quite a few here live with these trials every day - don't judge us and our children ( and fathers in my case ) until you've walked a mile in our shoes.
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I think this is fantastic.

I hope this helps anyone with autistic children, and also autistic adults.

Making holidays more accessible and as unstressful as possible is fantastic.

Well done Manchester airport!!

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sickly sweet

I think this is fantastic. I hope this helps anyone with autistic … I think this is fantastic. I hope this helps anyone with autistic children, and also autistic adults. Making holidays more accessible and as unstressful as possible is fantastic.Well done Manchester airport!!



That's exactly what i was thinking so had to post it

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single_lonely

I just posted this mins ago!Read this … I just posted this mins ago!Read this at:http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-airport-fast-track-families-autistic-9584145#rlabs=25



Can't see anything on your profie which refers to this post

Supermod

Nice one

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markbowen07

Can't see anything on your profie which refers to this post



http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/autistic-children-fast-track-manchester-airport-2239885

Nice to see you again Mark, what was it this time? Two months in the Bahamas?

Oh wow this is sure to help many , well done op:)

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BuzzDuraband

http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/autistic-children-fast-track-manchester-airport-2239885Nice to see you again Mark, what was it this time? Two months in the Bahamas?




Cheers Buzz, I do like a ittle jolly as you know

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Cracking find and very hot. I work with autistic children and this sounds an extremely good idea, which I hope other airports copy.

Brilliant share, mark. Will be so helpful to many genuine families who avoid going abroad due to the lack of understanding of this condition.

Good find.

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Rom

Lol. Are you for real? You think people are going to ring up in advance … Lol. Are you for real? You think people are going to ring up in advance to arrange it and pretend to have autism? "Parents are asked to prove their child is on the spectrum and can do so via a disability living allowance letter, an occupational therapy report or a disability nurse report."Too many **** on this site with ridiculous views that can't read properly.


You calling me an idiot!
I work in the profession who can dish out these letters. So easy to be abused. You have no idea!

My son is autistic and this is amazing just a shame it's not all airports, although you can call the airports and they will put in some kind of provison if you ask
this would have made foreign holidays much easier for us when my son was younger

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shabbayoung

My son is autistic and this is amazing just a shame it's not all … My son is autistic and this is amazing just a shame it's not all airports, although you can call the airports and they will put in some kind of provison if you askthis would have made foreign holidays much easier for us when my son was younger



Hopefully this is just the start and more airports will soon follow suit

bruceboy

This will be so badly abused, and eventually scrapped. Too many **** in … This will be so badly abused, and eventually scrapped. Too many **** in this country just waiting to take advantage of anything that makes their selfish life easier. You do not get a badge stating you have 'autism'. Go figure.'Parents are asked to prove their child is on the spectrum and can do so via a disability living allowance letter, an occupational therapy report or a disability nurse report'.Who wants a report? I'll do it for a fiver. Get it cheaper by doing it yourself.



As a parent of two autistic boys I always carry the medical papers necessary, but to be honest in a busy airport, that's going to be loud etc the airport staff will be able to tell who the auties are without needing papers, the meltdown and anxiety will be obvious

This is the sort of thing that makes our lives a little easier and gives us a chance of "normal" stuff that is usually so far out of reach. Hopefully more airports etc will follow soon, thank you OP for highlighting this

Rom

Lol. Are you for real? You think people are going to ring up in advance … Lol. Are you for real? You think people are going to ring up in advance to arrange it and pretend to have autism? "Parents are asked to prove their child is on the spectrum and can do so via a disability living allowance letter, an occupational therapy report or a disability nurse report."Too many **** on this site with ridiculous views that can't read properly.



What do you mean pretend to have autism. Some autistic children look and behave exactly like "normal" children most of the time. A non specialist, especially one spending 15 seconds at a gate in a busy airport, wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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kidcat

As a parent of two autistic boys I always carry the medical papers … As a parent of two autistic boys I always carry the medical papers necessary, but to be honest in a busy airport, that's going to be loud etc the airport staff will be able to tell who the auties are without needing papers, the meltdown and anxiety will be obvious :)This is the sort of thing that makes our lives a little easier and gives us a chance of "normal" stuff that is usually so far out of reach. Hopefully more airports etc will follow soon, thank you OP for highlighting this


Yes, I do hope your life is made easier, I really do. My fear is that this will be totally abused, like so many other initiatives.

bruceboy

You calling me an idiot!I work in the profession who can dish out these … You calling me an idiot!I work in the profession who can dish out these letters. So easy to be abused. You have no idea!



yeah and when the letters turn out to be phoney because the people have never had an appointment with you, you will no doubt be arrested on terrorism charges in the interests of national security.

Abused my foot, nobody and I mean nobody will want the full force of the boarder agency on their back for a couple of quid for a letter.

bruceboy

This will be so badly abused, and eventually scrapped. Too many **** in … This will be so badly abused, and eventually scrapped. Too many **** in this country just waiting to take advantage of anything that makes their selfish life easier. You do not get a badge stating you have 'autism'. Go figure.'Parents are asked to prove their child is on the spectrum and can do so via a disability living allowance letter, an occupational therapy report or a disability nurse report'.Who wants a report? I'll do it for a fiver. Get it cheaper by doing it yourself.



You would have to be pretty scummy to pretend your child has autism, or any other issues.

I suspect this will be just as much a relief to parents as autistic children in the stress relieving side of things and if it makes holidays more accessible it's worth taking the risk of scummy people abusing it.

for us is really difficult to just go out of the house as a family, our son is autistic and going out is always a challenge.... and sometimes i feel if more people understand what autism is maybe more projects like this one will help not just the child with autism but all the family... we all deserve to be understood

bruceboy

You calling me an idiot!I work in the profession who can dish out these … You calling me an idiot!I work in the profession who can dish out these letters. So easy to be abused. You have no idea!


Bruceboy you are an idiot!!!!!, I have a son with autism and am flying from Manchester in 8 weeks and this will help, don't tar everyone with the same brush

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Rom

Lol. Are you for real? You think people are going to ring up in advance … Lol. Are you for real? You think people are going to ring up in advance to arrange it and pretend to have autism? "Parents are asked to prove their child is on the spectrum and can do so via a disability living allowance letter, an occupational therapy report or a disability nurse report."Too many **** on this site with ridiculous views that can't read properly.


Did you actually read my full post?

bruceboy

Did you actually read my full post?



Do you mean what you've edited your post to include, which makes you seem even more out of touch with reality?

bruceboy

This will be so badly abused, and eventually scrapped. Too many **** in … This will be so badly abused, and eventually scrapped. Too many **** in this country just waiting to take advantage of anything that makes their selfish life easier. You do not get a badge stating you have 'autism'. Go figure.'Parents are asked to prove their child is on the spectrum and can do so via a disability living allowance letter, an occupational therapy report or a disability nurse report'.Who wants a report? I'll do it for a fiver. Get it cheaper by doing it yourself.


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I think this is great, but I must say I'm registered disabled (although not severely thank the Lord) I have been given great assistance all over the world getting in and around the airports.
Give your airline a call and they will sort you out.
The best one was Sydney where I had to change terminals - I got a bus ride around the Tarmac between the planes to get me from one to the other.

winstonmanc

What do you mean pretend to have autism. Some autistic children look and … What do you mean pretend to have autism. Some autistic children look and behave exactly like "normal" children most of the time. A non specialist, especially one spending 15 seconds at a gate in a busy airport, wouldn't be able to tell the difference.



I mean: someone who doesn't have autism would need to pretend they have it if they wished to use a service for autistic people. This is what Bruce claims will happening on a sufficient scale for the scheme to be scrapped.

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waycash

Bruceboy you are an idiot!!!!!, I have a son with autism and am flying … Bruceboy you are an idiot!!!!!, I have a son with autism and am flying from Manchester in 8 weeks and this will help, don't tar everyone with the same brush


You people are missing my point. Genuine applicants will be fine. However, it is so easy to abuse the system, believe me, it will soon become overwhelmed with the abusers. I have no gripe with genuine applicants, don't think I tried to upset anyone. Just have over 30 years experience of dealing with chancers.

well done Manchester! I hope the rest of the airports follow suit. Great post by the way, thanks for sharing x

bruceboy

Did you actually read my full post?

Do you have a child with autism??? Do you understand autism??? so if yes you should be happy because something is going to help .... if no just try to learn something because this is a big deal for kids with autism we can't prevent all crimes but we can do something to make lives better. if we just think about crimes we dont do anything ... if you think ... im going out to the pub or shopping... what is the probability of assault? do you think like that???? or you just go to have some fun ..... so just let them do the right thing.

We could have done with this as flew to Greece last month, but we nearly cancelled the holiday because the stress it caused my daughter was unreal thankyou very much for sharing we will use it next time

Rom

I mean: someone who doesn't have autism would need to pretend they have … I mean: someone who doesn't have autism would need to pretend they have it if they wished to use a service for autistic people. This is what Bruce claims will happening on a sufficient scale for the scheme to be scrapped.



And his point was that you'd be able to get a fake letter without needing to pretend to try to convince a professional. Someone checking at the airport wouldn't have a clue if the child was pretending. Some children with autism (and a genuine letter) will appear as if they were "normal". Whereas some "normal" children will be screeching and running around.

bruceboy

You people are missing my point. Genuine applicants will be fine. … You people are missing my point. Genuine applicants will be fine. However, it is so easy to abuse the system, believe me, it will soon become overwhelmed with the abusers. I have no gripe with genuine applicants, don't think I tried to upset anyone. Just have over 30 years experience of dealing with chancers.


Is there a queue of people trying to get signed up as being autistic, much like in the states where people are desperate to get a prescription so they can smoke cannabis legally?
You people = condescending

bruceboy

You people are missing my point. Genuine applicants will be fine. … You people are missing my point. Genuine applicants will be fine. However, it is so easy to abuse the system, believe me, it will soon become overwhelmed with the abusers. I have no gripe with genuine applicants, don't think I tried to upset anyone. Just have over 30 years experience of dealing with chancers.



I think your 30 years experience are making you cynical. It seems like a lot of effort to go to writing fake letters to save yourself a few minutes at airport security, only to have to wait longer once your on the other side.

winstonmanc

And his point was that you'd be able to get a fake letter without needing … And his point was that you'd be able to get a fake letter without needing to pretend to try to convince a professional. Someone checking at the airport wouldn't have a clue if the child was pretending. Some children with autism (and a genuine letter) will appear as if they were "normal". Whereas some "normal" children will be screeching and running around.



Yeah, so there's gonna be some pretending going on.

If, in fact, anyone would be bothered to pretend their kid has autism to get through airport security a bit quicker.

I have seen this in Legoland where groups come up with letters from others claiming that they cannot wait in queue and need Exit Passes. It is badly abused.

To all those people saying they'd happily fake letters, why not just book appointments and just get diagnosed legitimately?

Brilliant op for posting this, I have a son who has autism and I remember going to early bird programme, they mentioned that airports are going to take out something similar so really happy as I know personally how difficult it gets for these poor souls with all confusion and noises. Just brilliant well done Manchester

Very sad that anyone would pretend their child had a disability just to jump a q. Disney used to let people in wheelchairs go first and one of their employees told me rich families used to literally hire someone with a disability to get the others to the front.
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