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.
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.
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!
When asked about what he is looking forward to most this Sunday as part of Open Streets, Nick replies, “Mustard! Yes, folks, there will be vendors, who will most probably be offering, a mustard…which apparently is very exciting!
Open Streets is a hip new, FREE event in Fort Collins that Awesome in Action has the good fortune to participate in this weekend.
On Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm, a route running from North to South Fort Collins will be blocked off to traffic in order to provide a safe family-fun environment.
There will be face paint, bouncy castles, games, sidewalk chalk, snacks, and treats all along the route offered by various organizations and businesses throughout Northern Colorado.
Awesome in Action will be hosting a booth of experiences. There will be an opportunity to race a friend in a manual wheelchair obstacle course,
converse or direct a friend through a maze with Augmentative Communication (using speech devices supplied by our favorite PRC Representative, Samantha Strong!)
and try out adaptive sidewalk chalk! (IF you can get it away from NICK for long enough!!)