HOUSTON - It's a big day for Bailey Coward. She is preparing to board an airplane.
Today was a unique opportunity for this autistic fourth grader and other students with special needs who struggle with the airport and airplane experience.
But thanks to a partnership between Houston Airport System, United Airlines and the Arc of Texas, these students are getting a practice run for travel in the future.
The kids were carefully guided through every step of the sometimes scary process, even meeting the pilot who says he too has a child on the autism spectrum.
For parents and kids, every step is progress.
For Bailey Coward, it was a success as she made it onto the plane and safely buckled herself into her seat.
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