How many of you lead groups in the outdoors? How many of you take others out on adventures?
The person led approach can be applied to anyone, but it is often used in situations where someone has a disability or condition.
The person led approach is pretty simple, it’s putting the person first.
The focus should be on the person and what they can do, not their condition or disability. So if you’re planning a route or activity make sure you are asking them for their input, find out where they’d like to go or what they’d like to do.
You should be supporting them to lead their own adventures, treating them as a person first. It can be very easy to fall into the trap of taking the lead all the time and making decisions on behalf of others. It’s all about making sure you’re treating the situation as a group dynamic asking for input and not making all the decisions yourself, empowering the person to lead their own adventures.
Every adventure you’re supporting should focus on achieving the persons aspirations tailoring your day to their specific needs and unique circumstances. This means having a conversation at the start of your planning phase to find out what these aspirations are, they can range from summiting a peak to feeling like they’ve been challenged, which can vary widely from person to person.