Category Archives: children

Update on Nick’s Second Book!

Nick posing with his illustrated self!

Nick recently met with Kaitlyn Birdsall-Thomas, the illustrator of his second book, Nick’s Eggsciting Adventure: An Awesome Story about Exploring in Action.

Nick was so excited to see the illustrations that Kaitlyn has been working on! The illustrations are incredible, and Nick really feels that his vision is being realized for his second book.

More than half of the illustrations for Nick’s Eggsciting Adventure are finished, or nearly finished, and this represents a big step for Nick and the Awesome in Action team. Nick’s second book has been a work in progress for 3 years and seeing the illustrations that have been completed really revitalized Nick and the team.

Nick, Kaitlyn, and Audrey hard at work!

The next step will be looking into publishing options and preparing the book for publication.

Nick and his team are hoping to publish the book in 2022.

Publication and printing costs can be expensive, so consider donating to Awesome in Action by clicking the PayPal link on the sidebar. Awesome in Action is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible! Nick is planning on organizing a fundraiser in a few months to support the publication of his new book.

Nick has worked so hard to make this new book something special. Nick draws his ideas for his books from his childhood growing up in Africa. Nick’s Eggsciting Adventure is a fun filled story that continues Nick’s message that everyone can be a hero!

Look for more information soon here on Nick’s website and on social media.

We can’t wait to explore with you!

Checking out the digital versions of the illustrations!

Open Streets – June 16, 2019

Penelope and Parker try the wheelchair obstacle course.

Open Streets, organized through City of Fort Collins Bikes, was a fun filled community event in old town Fort Collins on June 16th with vendors from the community, food trucks, and live music. Nick was stationed at the Maple St. hub, prime real estate to make connections and build new friendships while educating the community on different abilities and challenges that come with them.

Parker leads Penelope through the course as she experiences blindness.

Community members had the option to participate in several different disability simulations including a wheelchair obstacle course, experiencing the course while blind, experiencing having limited mobility in their hands while buttoning up a shirt, experiencing sensory integration issues, and lip reading.

Kids who tried the wheelchair obstacle course found it much more difficult than they expected!

Most kids hit a cone or two but came away with a new appreciation for what it is like to move a different way and the challenges that come with it.

They did a great job!
Cullen and his mom loved seeing how Nick speaks.

Nick had his speech device available for community members to see and experience a different way of talking. Nick demonstrated his device for many interested kids and parents.

As the day went on, more and more people stopped at Nick’s booth to see what we were all about. With our cones, wheelchairs, and canes people quickly became interested in what we had to offer.

Cullen navigated the course like a pro! Awesome!

When they learned that we were offering simulations of different challenges experienced by those with different abilities, attendees were really excited to see that Nick was out in the community advocating for those who live a little differently.

Ronan wanted to try too!

Nick’s favorite part of the day was watching the kids navigate the cones!

Parents loved seeing their kids engaged in these simulations and often helped Nick teach the kids about why it is important to understand that different people have different challenges in life and we should be respectful of everyone we meet.

Saigen and his dad completed the course in no time! Teamwork!
Sienna and Noelle check out Nick’s book.

Nick had copies of his book, Helping in Action, for sale at the event and many kids enjoyed checking out a copy.

Nick handed out bookmarks to anyone who loved to read.

Nick and Daniel both love to help their communities!

Nick met many members of his community who share his passion for education, like music therapist Daniel Goldschmidt. Nick and Daniel have both done TEDx talks! Check out Daniel’s TEDx talk on YouTube.

Nick would like to thank the City of Fort Collins Bikes for this opportunity to educate and advocate.

Open Streets will come back to Fort Collins on September 29th, 2019, and Nick will be there to continue to show his community that even though we all have different challenges, we can still connect and care for one another. Come see him and support Awesome in Action and Nick’s message of inclusive diversity.