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27 Years of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Department of Justice seal On July 26, 2017, the Department of Justice published “27 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” and Nick was so busy hanging out at the Ability Fest in Fort Collins, that he forgot to remind all of the Nicksters and you, his followers!
So, in a time of political uncertainty and tension, we here at AiA would like you to know that because of this piece of legislation 27 years ago, Nick is able to enjoy a quality of life from simple breathing, nourishment, outdoor water sports, to community speaking events like his 2015 TEDxFrontRange speech, or taking an evening  “roll” through the neighborhood as the sun sets.
Thank you ADA, former President George HW Bush, and all your proponents in Congress.  You and the folks who adhered to the law made an incredibly positive change in our world and are what being awesome is all about!  Awesome in Action

Renee Lee, CTRS: Awesome Advocate and Longtime Friend

DSC00730Renee Lee and Nick at the A.R.O office

For over 15 years, this charismatic individual has been a part of Nick’s recreational endeavors. Renee Lee is the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at Adaptive Recreation Opportunities in Fort Collins, a multi-faceted role that she fulfills with ease. Whether it be snow skiing, canoeing, or white water rafting, Renee works behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly and all who are participating have a great time. She has been a bus driver and staff trainer, as well as a friend and advocate for many people who participate in A.R.O. When all is well, Renee never hesitates to jump in and take part in an adventure. Over the years, she has shared many wild times with Nick; camping, white water rafting, and canoeing.

Nick describes Renee as exciting, happy, and brave. She has a big heart, and a sharp mind.

Renee has included Nick in a very special A.R.O event in February; inviting him to speak at the 20th Anniversary celebration at the Senior Center. Nick is honored to be chosen to be included in such a special event. Thank you for all you do, Renee. We are happy to recognize you as an Awesome Advocate and friend.for webpage (1)                                            Nick canoeing with A.R.O volunteer, Judy Tessier