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A family boards a plane during The ARC’s 2019 Wings for All program at Norfolk International Airport. (WYDaily/Courtesy VersAbility Resources)

Air travel is overwhelming enough for anyone with having to get a boarding pass, check bags, go through security, and then systematically board a plane.

For people with autism or any other intellectual or developmental disability, the process of it all combined with added crowds, lights, and sounds, can be nothing less than daunting, said Josi Washington, a spokeswoman for VersAbility Resources.

In a partnership with national advocacy organization, The Arc, VersAbility is hosting its second annual “Wings for All” airport rehearsal event on Feb. 1, giving families and caregivers the opportunity to experience what it would be like to travel with their loved one but without leaving Hampton Roads.

“Anytime you can familiarize someone, it helps to lessen the anxiety and also to help people be prepared,” Washington said.””