August 6, 2019 – Kid Days
On August 6th at the Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland, CO, Nick participated in Kid Days! This event offered hands-on learning experiences for kids of all ages.
Nick offered his booth of disability simulations including a wheelchair obstacle course, vision impairment simulations, and simulations of different physical limitations.
Nick’s booth offered a unique opportunity during the event for families to teach their children what it means to move or think differently.
Nick enjoyed checking out the other booths and seeing how other vendors engaged kids in their activities. Nick definitely made some friends, not all of them human!
The event was a success and gave Nick the opportunity to continue to perfect his interactive booth to give the most engaging experience possible! Nick makes connections everywhere he goes, and loves getting to meet so many new people and find those who are interested in helping spread his message of inclusivity and diversity.
Nick wants to say THANK YOU to all the attendees of Kid Days!
If you are interested in having Nick in your classroom or at your event to present or offer his interactive booth, please contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.