North Atzlan Center
On August 17th and 18th Nick and the Awesome in Action team participated in Fort Collins Comic Con for the 3rd year.
This awesome event brings creative people from the community together to share ideas and creations with participants.
Nick’s booth was used to show that anyone can be a hero. Nick helped kids make awesome superhero masks and posed for pictures. Nick made sure to help everyone who visited his booth understand that they have superpowers that make them special.
Nick really enjoyed seeing all the creative and fun costumes and getting to dress up himself! Some of the costumes were scary, but Nick showed his superpowers by keeping calm, cool, and collected when something scary walked by his booth!
Nick presented a panel on Saturday, where he gave his Anyone Can Be a Hero speech. He talked about his struggles and challenges as a person living with Cerebral Palsy, and how he overcomes his challenges and finds his inner superhero.
The organizers of Comic Con have always been kind and welcoming to Nick and his team, and helped make the Con as successful as possible for Nick. Nick had so much help and support to make this event a success and he wants to send a special thank you to his team, the Comic Con team and Nick Armstrong, and Annie Schubert who helped Nick with his panel.
The impact Nick made on those who stopped by his booth was pretty clear, and Nick was happy to make some really great connections with others in his community who want to help spread his message.
Comic Con was a success again this year, and Nick is excited and ready to start presenting in classrooms for the school year.
If you or someone you know is interested in having Nick come to your classroom or event to offer one of his many presentations, please contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick’s presentations can be adapted to any situation and age group, and his message of inclusion and diversity is appropriate for all ages.
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.