Experiencing the world from a new and higher perspective is what Dreams and Wings is all about for special needs children in Michigan. At a Dreams and Wings Fly Day event, our special kids stretch old limits and explore new horizons. With the roar of the engine and the whoosh of the wind, they learn that even the sky need not be a limit when we have the courage to dream. At least 19 LCS students have been invited to attend this exciting event.
Seated beside an experienced pilot in a light airplane each child and at least one family member and/or friend will gently escape gravity and soar with the clouds to take a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Michigan countryside. At a cruising altitude of 1,500 feet an otherwise routine flight in a regular plane becomes a once in a lifetime experience for hundreds of special needs children each year.
Dreams and Wings gives these special needs children an opportunity to glimpse new horizons, to challenge themselves to lift their imaginations and to venture where the gulf between reality and fantasy and back again is wondrously achieved through aviation. This unique form of recreational and educational therapy elevates the soul to realize that the human spirit can prevail over any obstacle.
A Dreams and Wings Fly Day includes a short ground school where the children learn about airplanes and how they fly, refreshments and a host of fun and educational activities and displays designed to introduce the children and their families to new and unique equipment, services, opportunities and experiences. In addition to the 20 minute airplane ride and memories that last a lifetime, each special needs child receives a Dreams and Wings T-shirt, a special gold aviator wings pin and a flight certificate commemorating his or her achievement.
Dreams and Wings, Inc. is a not for profit corporation with a valid IRS 501 (c) (3) status. The program is offered completely free of charge to all participants and is underwritten by corporate, philanthropic and individual donations.
When kids with a disABILITY or special need go flying, take the controls of an airplane and soar high above their problems and worries, they soon realize that “they can do anything”. The courage and the opportunity to DREAM is the key to unlocking unrealized potential.
The organizers, with the loving help of dozens of volunteer pilots and ground support personal and the financial support from devoted and caring individuals and corporations, have been providing these unique opportunities to the special needs children in more than 10 locations across the Great Lakes area since 1995. These Dreams and Wings Fly Day events have touched the lives of over 5000 children and family members making once in a life time memories that will be shared and re-shared for decades.