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Fort Collins High - Spread the Word to End the Word - Spring 2014

I like to do many activities that other able-bodied people do, it may look a little different and take a bit more support; but I have just as much fun as you.

One thing that can stop me in my tracks, though, is one little word that begins with the letter “R.”. The word “retard” is a hurtful word that means more than what many think it does. It’s not a light word to be thrown about among friends. It is a word that carries a lot of weight.

Just like anyone else, I don’t like to be labeled or referred to as anything less than the person who I am. When I hear the word, “Retard,” it makes me feel sad and hurt. It makes me feel like my power has been taken away; like I cannot do all of the things that I would like to. It makes me feel angry and resentful of the people that use it with such carelessness.

I don’t like to feel all of these negative emotions. I like to be positive and try my best. I like to believe we are only limited by our own imaginations. I like to think that if others truly understood the impact the word “retard” can have, they would stop using it, Completely; and not just brush away the concerns of the differently-abled by explaining they “didn’t mean it in that way.”

To all of those who use the r-word regularly,I have one simple request:

Think before you speak.

We all live in one community, one world, and we can make it better if we show each other the same amount of respect that we expect for ourselves and our loved ones. We all need to be aware of the power the words we chose to use can have.

Spread the Word to End the Word!

A Unique Show and Tell for School

HiA19_Nickhelps_txtA sample page of Helping in Action, an adventure based on Nick helping a baby lion in Africa, where he grew up.

Classroom visit by Nick Roussos

Classroom visit by Nick Roussos

Attention teachers and students!  Did you know that October is Disability Awareness month?  We invite you to schedule Nick come to your class and read his 40 page adventure, Helping in Action (using his communication device).  We would love to “help” Nick visit your classroom this fall.  He has something for all grade levels including:

  • Story Time, with Nick reading his children’s adventure story, Helping in Action.
  • Disability Awareness presentation we call Walk in My Shoes, including riding and pushing a wheelchair in an obstacle course, and trying a communication device to talk.
  • A motivational talk about not giving up called, Why Try.
  • Using respectful language in a presentation called Spread the Word to End the Word.
  • Partner with PTO organizations for a fundraiser, with a portion of the sales going to your school.

You may contact Nick via email at or call 970-342-8338, to schedule a visit.

See you soon,
Nick and his assistants Sue and Audrey

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