My personal goal was by the PP deadline in March, I will create a 20 to 30 minute documentary on raising awareness and educating the YIS community on why outdoor wilderness experience is important for people with special needs. My main focus for my research will be ASD because I have a family friend that we see often with ASD in a vacation cabin in the middle of the wilderness. Moreover, the documentary will include various interviews, presented research, and an outdoor recreational experience. The level of challenge should be between a special needs outdoor activity to a special needs outdoor adventure camp. I will help give children with disabilities an outdoor experience and gain further understanding of ASD and outdoor education philosophies.
This stretched my comfort zone because I had to develop social skills to communicate with people with special needs, in a challenging outdoor environment. I do not have a lot of experience in running camps as well so this will be a highly new and challenging goal.
To plan to achieve this goal I had to create an action plan. The colors divide my action plan into research, meetings, events, and product progress. This helped me make sure I achieved my goal in time for the official deadlines. I set self-deadlines with to-do lists so I managed my workload over a period of time without doing it all on the last day.
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<span style=”color: #000000;”>Appendix E: Progress and Reflection on Action Plan</span>
I took action by volunteering on a 5 day ski camp with NPO 法人HAL. I recorded videos of the trip and my process so I could include it in my video and share my experience with the YIS community. I also conducted interviews to support my argument to clearly express to the YIS community.
I had to develop my social skills because I had to figure out and experiment with particular ways to interact with each individual child with special needs. I also had to learn how to manage information by taking notes of tasks that were given to me. In addition, I had to communicate with the other volunteers by telling them when tasks were done if there was an issue and if there was a job I could do. I developed these skills because I had to adapt my strategy by having a notebook, or being more outgoing because of the feedback I got from the older volunteers about how I could improve. I can also transfer these skills into my future work experience because many of these systems come from professional working places.