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Santa’s Little Hacker Helpers

Nick and the AiA team have discovered a most awesome “accessibility” group here in Colorado.  In fact, so amazing is this group that they delivered Despicable Me Fart Blastersfartblaster to them for conversion therapy of a sort.  The group is called Santa’s Little Hackers and you all need to know what they do!  As you can see, the toy has a trigger.  People with Nick’s abilities cannot manipulate that trigger.

The mom and dad of one young man, Max, decided that Max should have a way to play with toys despite his motor-coordination challenge.  Mom asked dad to take a toy and wire a proper switch that Max could actually operate.  Without the switch, max apparently could not play with the toy as other children do.  This kind of play helps children develop eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills, and cognitive understanding of the the idea that when you push a button, something happens.  Interestingly, this kind of play also helps those who use speech devices so they can operate the device and develop language as well.  Here’s the video story of Max and his family, and how they came to be the Santa’s Little Hackers nonprofit:  “Colorado-based Santa’s Little Hackers bringing smiles to the faces of kids with special needs

Mission undertaken by Nick and the AiA team – we located some Fart Blasters and met up with Renee and Pasqual for the handoff, members of  The “Santa’s Little Hackers” team preparing for the Saturday hack-a-thon to turn 1400 regular toys into adaptive toys.

We have not heard yet heard about the turn out at the Saturday event, but we do know that this non-profit is one of the sparks of inspiration that we consider Awesome in Action and we think they are a great option for December 6th Colorado Gives Day!!  colorado-gives-day-2016

Rabbask Designs Studio is Now Carrying Awesome in Action Books!

This week, Nick had the pleasure of meeting Jacki Marsh; the generous and kind-hearted owner of Rabbask Designs Studio located in downtown Loveland.

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Without blinking an eye, Jacki agreed to carry Nick’s book in her beautiful studio. While we were visiting, we witnessed Jacki helping customers who were interested in buying some of her beautiful wearable art. She was patient, supportive, and thoughtful when assisting individuals as they sought to choose the perfect item.

Jacki is a vibrant woman who creates a community within her studio, organizing fundraisers and music nights, which she spends several hours moving displays to host.

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As we walked around, Nick was able to find several unique and beautiful Christmas gifts. Jacki commented on every item we picked up, explaining the origin and the artists who created it. She truly is an awesome individual with an amazing place to share. We highly recommend going to check out Rabbask Design Studios!…you can pick up a copy of Helping in Action while you are there!

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Olivia tries on a hand knitted hat from Spotted Fever. This company raises very well taken care of sheep, and harvests their wool to make individual beautiful and stylish hats!