Category Archives: Spread the Word

Spread the Word to End the Word with the Scouts

Heiman Elementary in Evans, Colorado

The Scouts started the presentation by performing the Scout’s oath.

On May 1st at Heiman Elementary in Evans, Colorado Nick joined a Scout Troop to share his Spread the Word to End the Word presentation!

Spread the Word to End the Word is a national campaign to encourage people to pledge to stop using the word “retard.” Nick believes in inclusivity and respect for people of all abilities and this presentation is one he loves to give, especially to young people, to show them the impact their words can have.

Nick even participated in the Scout’s pledge, salute and all (with just a little assistance from Job Coach Liz Laney.)

Nick and job coach Liz participate in the Scout’s oath.

The Scouts were a respectful and fun group, and Nick loved showing them a new way to communicate. The Scouts enjoyed learning to use Nick’s Speech device, and they loved checking out his first book, Helping in Action.

Shaun, Troy, and Lauren check out Nick’s speech device.
Shane and Nick check out his book, Helping in Action.

Nick would like to personally thank Rochelle Chapparo for inviting us to the Scout’s meeting, and helping make the event so memorable and fun! Nick would also like to thank the other parents and all of the Scouts and their siblings who attended for their enthusiasm and engagement in Nick’s presentation.

Troy, Lauren, and Layland are so focused! Even parent Rochelle is watching closely.

Nick saw some old friends and made some new ones, and is happy to report that the Scouts signed the pledge to end the use of the r-word!

For more information on the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign, check out their website.

To schedule Nick for a visit to your classroom or event, please contact us via email or on his Facebook.

Bob Marley was right: “You can’t find the right roads when the streets are paved”

New Raymer may be a small town quite a distance from Fort Collins, but visiting Prairie School was quite worth the road trip!

 

 

The students, aged Kindergarten to high school Seniors, were all polite, helpful, supportive, and attentive.

Awesome in Action enjoyed presenting to the lower grades (K-5th), using the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign. 

 

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The introduction for Nick, written by 5th grader, Simon, could not have been better! Here Nick is giving Simon “knuckles” after the speech.

 

The older grade kids helped us arrange their beautiful auditorium in order to experience life from Nick’s point of view in the “Walk in My Shoes” presentation

 

The students tried out Nick’s speech device by having conversations with their peers using only the assistive technology.

 

They also read Nick’s book, Helping in Action,  and discussed proper disability etiquette.

 

Finally, the students each tried to get through a door , as well as maneuver around some obstacles, in a manual wheelchair.  Here is our dedicated volunteer, Thalia, giving the wheelchair a try after the presentations.

IMG_9075 A big Thank You to our new friend, Kaitlyn Birdsall, an amazing teacher who makes the drive every day from Fort Collins to teach in New Raymer; and who entertains Nick’s every whim…including providing him with a “Smelling Hotdog” after the presentations.

We loved spending time with all of the students and teachers of Prairie school! Thank you for inviting us to present to your school!