New York City nonprofit honors JetBlue for service to people with developmental disabilities

New York City nonprofit organization Special Citizens said it will be honoring two JetBlue employees at LaGuardia Airport on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Terence Skeete and Veda Simmons are the two JetBlue employees, who through their actions, helped the dreams of a man with Autism come true. Special Citizens has been supporting Daniel for many years in his group home and day program. It has been a long held dream of Daniel´s, to visit and experience Disney World.

Going to an airport can be a daunting experience for anyone. For someone with autism, that experience can be even more challenging and the staff at Special Citizens wanted to ensure that the process of taking Daniel to Disney World went as smoothly as possible. The staff worked with Daniel and took him to the airport prior to the actual trip so he knew what to expect when the day came that he would actually fly to Florida.

The day of the flight, Daniel and his Behavioral Aid, Ben, were met at the airport by two very special people. Terence and Veda representing both The Transportation Administration (TSA) and JetBlue, ensured that Daniel and Ben had everything they needed to go through security and board the flight without distraction and to deplane the flight in Orlando without hiccups.

“As a result of these efforts, not requested of TSA or JetBlue, Daniel was able to enjoy his flying experience, which lent itself to an awesome vacation in Disney World,” said Ben Duodu, Behavioral Aid for Daniel.