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'Wings for All' at LVIA helps people overcome fear of flying

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - At Lehigh Valley International Airport, a special program helped dozens of people earn their wings.

The "Wings for All" program took off again Saturday with the help of Allegiant Airlines and more than 40 volunteers.

The program gives people with autism and other intellectual and development disabilities a real-life experience of using an airport and boarding a plane.

It is carried out by The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton counties. Organizers say the program helps people overcome anxieties of traveling by plane.

"People that are here today experiencing this for the first time are finally going to be able to plan the same trips that you and I take for granted," said Karen Shoemaker, director of The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton counties.

The program has been a staple at the airport since 2014.

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