Spread the Word to End the Word with the Scouts
Heiman Elementary in Evans, Colorado
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Walk in My Shoes and other Workshops
Spread the Word to End the Word, Fort Collins High, Spring 2014
Nick Roussos, author and inspirational public speaker, is available to come to your classroom, school, group, scout group, or service club. He is prepared to present in several venues and to a variety of ages. You may email him to reserve your date for 2015-2016. firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch this short video that introduces Nick!
Important Note: Nick is able to offer his presentation free with a minimum sale of books, or a modest flat fee dependent on presentation content and audience size. Nick will take pre-orders, as well as offer his book for sale following the formal presentation. Do ask us how you and Nick can partner for a fundraising event, such as a PTO fundraiser.
Presentations and Workshops
1. Spread the Word to End the Word – Good for any age group elementary- high school. 45 min.The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed)’. The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. This campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Questions following the formal presentation are always encouraged.
2. Walk in My Shoes – Disability education and awareness. Good for any age group, especially older elementary-high school; 1 hour group size dependent. This workshop includes experiencing a simple obstacle course while sitting in a wheelchair, learning disability etiquette, and using a communication device to speak to another.Questions following the formal presentation are always encouraged.
3. Story Time with Nick – Good especially for preschool-early readers and special needs groups. 30 min. Nick can come and read his book, Helping in Action, with the aide of his communication device. Helping in Action is an awesome adventure about a boy in Africa who realizes he is capable of being a hero when he finds a baby lion in need of help. This program is mutually beneficial; Nick gets to share his story, and your group has the opportunity to witness someone speak in a different manner and move in a different way. His story helps children understand that disabilities do not stop a person from helping, or having a full and happy life. Questions following the formal presentation are always encouraged.
4. Why Try? (If Nick Can Do It You Can Do It) – Great for middle elementary school-adults and special needs groups. 30-60 minutes. An inspirational and motivational presentation. Nick offers a unique view of being and doing in the world. He has not let his circumstances define who he is, what he does, or his happiness. With the support and love of family and caregivers, Nick has experienced more than a lot of people including; writing and publishing a book, running in marathons, snow skiing, water skiing, horse back riding, zip line, white water rafting and kayaking. He also loves music, musicals, symphony and theater. Children as well as adults will leave this presentation with a new appreciation of their own abilities and talents. Questions following this multimedia presentation are always encouraged. 5.
Customized Presentation – Please contact us to discuss. We are very open to creating a workshop or presentation that is just right for your group. email@example.com
Nick is the recipient of several awards and recognitions including; Speaker at TEDx Front Range June 13, 2015, Lululemon Young Entrepreneur of Inspiration, 2104; Kyle Frohne Award for Excellence in Employment, 2014; ARC of Larimer County Volunteer of the Year, 2014.
Presentation to Mosiac Staff in Fort Collins, CO August 2014