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Autism Aviators

Autism Aviators is a partnership with Nova Scotia's two commercial airports, the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. Through his partnership, we are able to provide resources to help prepare autistic children and youth and their families for air travel.

Ages/Life Stage:

Children, youth, and their families or caregivers


In 2016, Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) approached Autism Nova Scotia to discuss programming for autistic children and youth.

Air travel, for many people, can be stressful however for some autistic individuals it can be very unpredictable and/or overwhelming. Autism Nova Scotia worked with HIAA to help them learn how the various steps and stages of air travel can have negative impacts on Autistic individuals. Together, we developed Autism Aviators to help ease some of these stressors for Autistic travellers and their families.

The goal of the program is to make travel truly inclusive and accessible. Knowing that for many autistic children, youth and adults, routine and structure is crucial, Autism Aviators shows each step of air travel – from preparing to go to the airport, checking in, going through security and finally, boarding the plane. In addition to a walk-through of the airport experience, resource materials are also made available to help families familiarize with air travel.

This program is intended to be offered at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport once per year. If you would like to contact someone, you can reach out to our Inclusion & Family Support team to receive more information. You can also learn more about accessibility at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.


Jill Cormier, Inclusion & Family Support Coordinator

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