Category Archives: children

Open Streets takes on Ability Awareness

Last Sunday, lead awesome dude, Nick and his team invaded the Open Streets of Fort Collins for Open Streets 2018. Open Streets is an event in Fort Collins where an entire three-mile stretch of neighborhood streets are closed off for local booths and citizens of Fort Collins to bike through. We were invited to be a part of it.

Nick was excited to have Awesome Advocate Samantha Strong as a part of the event this year because she’s funny, smart and she brought some speech devices so passers by could experience what it’s like to use a device to communicate. Samantha works for PRC and helps individuals use tools to help foster inclusive relationships with others. For more information on Samantha and PRC, you are invited to check out their website at Prentke Romich Company.

At our Awesome in Action booth, we had several fun activities that people could try. One of which was the Wheelchair Obstacle Race, where racers would hop in a manual wheelchair and race through an obstacle course. Many kids loved experiencing what it’s like to drive a wheelchair around.

Another one of our fun activities was trying out a speech device that our wonderful friend Samantha brought along. Nick thinks speech devices are awesome because he can tell stories, he can speak his mind, share favorite movie quotes and clips with his friends.

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We also got to roam around Open Streets with awesome Olivia catching a ride on the back of Nick’s wheelchair. Nick’s favorite part was using his speech device, named Percy, to talk to all of the people he passed by.

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Overall, we loved being a apart of Open Streets because it was so fun. We loved sharing the mission of Awesome in Action with the people of Fort Collins, and letting them experience how people of different abilities use different tools to get through life. We are looking forward to next year!

Cracking Up on Independence Day!

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We had a bang up time at this year’s 4th of July Parade in Fort Collins!!

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This year we were excited to have our great friend and awesome parade MC, Ponto, join us. He worked the crowds and kept our presence known. Thanks, Ponto!

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Landis and Thalia came up with some great chants to say throughout the march.

 

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Landis’ idea (from the Lego movie):

“Everything is Awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.

Everything is Awesome, when you’re living out a dream!”

 

 
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“We’re AIA

we’re here to say

you can be awesome

ANY way.”

 

 

Nick was very excited to have Thalia as a “Personal Chauffeur” throughout the parade.

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We had the 5 new parade goers this year, Shelley and Landis Fletcher, and Lori Thompson with her sweet grandsons…  What a fun new group to add to our marchers!

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In addition, we had family join us this year. Nick’s sister-in-law, Amy, and his nieces were happy to ride in the parade, and to pass out candy!

 

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Cindy Peak, Nick’s Speech and Language Pathologist, came along to help us decorate and represent Awesome in Action, Co.

 

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This year, we used the manual wheelchairs from the Walk in My Shoes presentation to show how Awesome in Action, CO, uses experiential learning to help folks understand what it’s like to be differently-abled.

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We hope our presence helped establish Awesome in Action, Co in our community as a resource for ability awareness!  We are always in search of new presentation opportunities and sponsorships for these presentations.

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Please feel free to send interested parties our way.

 

Happy Summer, everyone!!!