Earlier this month on October 19, 2018, Miyah Sundermeyer, a Research and Project Assistant with the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) received an award acknowledging her volunteer efforts with Delta’s “Taking Flight Atlanta Autism World Port Tour”.
The tours take place every first Saturday of the month at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and are a way to help individuals with autism become familiar with air travel. Families will go through a "mock flight", including going through security, boarding a plane, and exploring the busy airport. Miyah, along with other volunteers and Delta employees, provide their ideas, tips, and share experiences to help make air travel a more welcoming and inclusive activity. This is an ongoing program which the organizers plan to expand and increase in frequently to more than just once a month. “Taking Flight” hopes to help encourage as many individuals with Autism to see the more of world as possible.
At the age of 11, Miyah fell in love with air travel and large cargo jets. She loves everything about them, including that loud jet roar. Though she didn't fly until she was 18, Miyah traveled through most of her 20's by air. She especially enjoyed seeing Hawaii from the sky.
For more information or to participate in one of the tours, please contact Captain Erich Reis at [email protected], or visit the Facebook page "Airborne Autistic".