Whether its dealing with loud noises, waiting in line, or the crowds, getting through an airport is an overwhelming experience for many people, especially those who may have sensory issues.
Lehigh Valley International Airport is easing travel stress for people with autism and other developmental and intellectual disabilities. LVIA teamed up with The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties to build a sensory room for those passengers to utilize before getting on a flight.
"It's a chance to de-escalate, get into the airport and get to a calmer state before getting on an airplane that may have some simulation issues once you're on," said Joseph Mancini, Director of Programs at The Arc.
The sensory room is set to open in May. It will have low-frequency lighting, interactive sensory tiles and low-impact, rubberized flooring, among other mechanisms to help calm travelers' nerves.