EVV announces new accessibility programs

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Published: Nov. 15, 2022 at 5:40 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - City leaders gathered at the Evansville Regional Airport this morning to announce new accessibility programs.

Their goal is to make EVV welcoming for everyone, including those with hidden disabilities.

Walking into the Evansville Regional Airport, you’ll now see green bracelets, pins and lanyards and pins with yellow sunflowers at the information desk.

They’re meant for people with hidden disabilities to subtly let airport staff know you might require additional support. A hidden disability could be autism, anxiety, PTSD or more.

Autism Evansville Executive Director Kelsey Schapker says 80% of people with disabilities have hidden disabilities, meaning It’s not something you can see just by looking at someone.

Leaders say you don’t have to take one if you’re not comfortable with it, but it’s a way to make the invisible visible to airport staff.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and other city leaders were at the airport this morning to cut the ribbon on the new programs.

The Sunflower Program is now live, making EVV more welcoming for travelers.

“I think this recognition says that the airport team understands that the thousands of people that fly out of this airport every year have different needs,” says Winnecke. “The fact that we can roll these programs out here today says that EVV is not only a convenient airport, but a welcoming airport for everyone,”

There are more new things coming. Officials announced changes to their website to accommodate those with disabilities, as well as the addition of airport therapy dogs coming next year.

Schapker says all airport staff has been trained on how to better care for people with disabilities.