Houston Airports launch mobile app for children with developmental disabilities

posted on 3rd October 2019 by Eddie Saunders

Houston Airports have launched a new mobile app designed for children with developmental disabilities and their families.

The ‘Access Houston Airports’ app is designed to prepare children and their caregivers for the airport experience in an engaging way, providing tools to transition through all phases of the airport experience.

The applications features include:

Explorer guides, short picture stories that describe each space in the airport

Schedule function, a visual checklist that can be customised

Communication icons, to assist those who are less verbal in talking or asking for help

Caregiver supports, including terminal maps, tips and more to help in planning a visit to the airport.

13 per cent of the U.S. population has an ‘invisible’ developmental disability, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“This percentage equates to 20,000 daily Houston Airport users,” commented Tim Joniec, Houston Airports Managing Director of Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Coordination.

“Houston Airports is introducing this app to ease anxiety for these families and provide information and resources that will make their visit to the airport an engaging and meaningful experience.”

The initiative is a part of a goal to make Houston Airports more accessible for all and follows other recent enhancements made at the airports, including free of charge Aira technology for the visually impaired and employee disability awareness training.

The Access Houston Airports app is free to download and available through the App Store and Google Play.