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Overcoming the Airport

Dale Proud

Hello my name is Dale Proud. It has been a big dream of mine for a very long time to go to New York City. I didn’t think I would ever get there as everyone kept telling me it was too busy and I wouldn’t cope so I gave up hope. I mentioned it again and this time staff told me I could cope with support. So the planning began…

I was so nervous about the airport, especially security, I get too hot and my words get all blurred when I’m in a busy place with lots of noise. My staff told me about a special programme set up by Edinburgh Airport for people who have the same worries as me.

I went to Edinburgh Airport on a trial run, it was fantastic. A lovely lady called Lee met me and showed me check in and even took me through security. This was really reassuring for me. I was quite scared about the security checks. I was worried that they would ask me questions and the words wouldn’t come out and I would get in trouble. Lee explained that the security guys would be prepared for this and be patient with me, this was all part of her service she said. It was good to see the bags going through the x-ray machines – I’m glad I’m not a bag! Lee told me that on the day the same thing would happen. I didn’t have to wait in crowded areas and Lee spoke to everyone on my behalf. I can’t thank her enough, she was so kind and became a good friend.

On the big day Lee met me again and I was given the VIP treatment, fast tracked straight through to the gate. I felt like a movie star. The flight was great and I had a fabulous time in New York. I would say this made my trip so much easier and I didn’t worry at all. I would recommend the visit day to anyone who is worried about airports.

Next time I want to go to Vegas or London. I feel quite confident now about travelling. I’m probably going to end up like Judith Chalmers.

Find out more about the support available to individuals with autism from Edinburgh Airport.