CPAD Information (January 2015)


Challenge Air

Since 1993, Challenge Air has enriched the lives of children and youth with special needs through its unique aviation programs. Challenge Air’s mission reflects the life-changing impact the flight experience has on children, families, donors, sponsors and communities as a whole. With a network of nearly 3,500 volunteers nationwide, volunteers serve as pilots, ground crew, fundraisers, planning committee members and in numerous other capacities. As Challenge Air continues to grow and add more programs across the country, its mission will remain true..... and continue to provide an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to special needs children and youth through the gift of flight.  Challenge Air is coming to San Diego, free to children ages 7-17 with special needs! (Detailed information)

Challenge Air's program Goals:

1) To improve the quality of life for children/youth and families with special needs

2) Arouse children/youth with special needs to be excited about learning and inspired about their future

3) Educate children/youth about the aviation industry and encourage them to consider occupational roles other than the customary ones to which they are generally directed

4) Involve and promote civic and community engagement

5) Create an environment for peer interaction for children/youth with special needs.

6) Promote local organizational resources to families with special needs.

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The Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), in collaboration with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, has created a new interactive toolkit to help improve healthcare services for adults on the autism spectrum, now available at

For patients on the autistic spectrum and their supporters:

Patient materials include checklists and worksheets to help patients:
•schedule appointments
•prepare for visits•describe symptoms, and
•follow-up on provider recommendations

The toolkit also includes detailed information about topics including:

•navigating the healthcare system
•staying healthy, and
•patient rights.

The centerpiece of the AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit is the Autism Healthcare Accommodation Tool, an online tool that allows patients or their supporters to create a customized accommodations report for their providers. Research has highlighted that a lack of access to knowledge by both providers and their autistic patients has resulted in great gaps in healthcare for autistic adults. The AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit offers a set of tools to help patients receive high-quality, patient-centered care. The Toolkit is free to use. More info about AASPIRE and its ongoing research activities is available at

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