Adventures in nature take a little work, but the pre-planning always pays off. To help participants feel more comfortable outside, Power To Be recently partnered with AdventureSmart in Vancouver to deliver an inclusive and adapted lesson on the Three T’s of outdoor preparedness.
Founded 14 years ago, AdventureSmart aims to aid in minimizing the severity and number of incidents called out provincially to search and rescue organizations. They provide presentations to the community regarding outdoor safety and preparedness, which for Power To Be called for a unique approach.
Instead of their classic lecture-style presentation, we partnered with AdventureSmart to adapt their teachings into a more hands-on, sensory-filled experience for participants on the autism spectrum. Offered to a group from Canucks Autism Network, participants were provided with a ‘Passport to Adventure,’ allowing them to travel to various stations that offered a new lesson at every destination.
In building an inclusive presentation, Emma Courtney, AdventureSmart Outreach Educator, voiced the importance of adapting their programming to meet all needs.
“We want to move beyond barriers”, she said. “Anyone could be in need of search and rescue services, so we want to provide training for all members of the community.”