Category Archives: Outreach

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!!!

 

One of the Awesome-est Advocates: Samantha Strong

Last March, we had the opportunity to connect with an amazingly kind and dedicated representative from Prentke Romich, Nick’s speech device .

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Samantha Strong met some of the AiA team in Fort Collins (all the way from Lafayette) at Starry Night coffee shop.

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Not only did she buy us drinks, but she spent her afternoon sharing funny stories and learning all about Awesome in Action, Co. Nick says Samantha has a great laugh, and works well with his speech device. We love her patient and flexible demeanor, and her philanthropic nature.

 

With and impending large presentation at a school in Merino, Co, we reached out to Samantha once again for help in early April. Samantha enthusiastically stepped in to run our speech device station during 2 separate workshops at this all day event. She brought 4 speech devices to give the students a chance to try speaking with Augmentative Communication, and guided them in the use of the equipment. During our break, she even printed out new guides for the students, as the materials we had did not match with her newer technology.  In addition to this, she invited Speech Language Pathologists from the neighboring school district to learn about the technology as she taught the students….talk about efficiency!  Nick says “Samantha is warm-hearted because she helps students.”

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Clearly, Samantha has gone above and beyond her role as a representative for her company. She offered assistance to us in our time of need, but also spends much of her free time helping out her community.  Samantha has organized a story time at her local library in which the children hear stories read on an assistive speech device. Samantha is a great asset to the Awesome in Action community, as well as any other that is lucky enough to have her!