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Nick, studied Photojournalism at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)

Professional photo of Nick, male with down syndrome wearing glasses

Nick’s commitment to inclusion and desire to go to college led him to be among the first students with Down syndrome to attend UCCS. Nick began taking classes at UCCS before inclusive services were established at UCCS. His dynamic personality and commitment to learning allowed Nick to create great relationships with professors and his fellow students, which paved the way for the creation of the Office of Inclusive Services at UCCS. In addition to being a full-time college student, Nick had two jobs. His job at a local car wash allowed him to dive into his love of cars and machines and his work at PEAK Parent Center gave him the opportunity to support those engaged in disability advocacy and inclusion. His future plans include expanding his entrepreneurial endeavors, including selling his photos online and at art shows. Check out Nick's photography website.

College Classes Nick Enjoyed

  • Arts and Activism
  • Photography
  • Machine Shop
  • Colorado History
  • Physics
  • Public Speaking
  • Disability Studies
  • College and Career

Nick's Work/Internship Experiences During College

  • Local car wash
  • UCCS Transportation Services
  • PEAK Parent Center office assistant
  • Student assistant for special education course

Activities Nick Enjoyed in College

  • Visiting coffee shops
  • Attending sporting events
  • Hosting parties with friends
  • Eating on campus at Cafe 65
  • Attending car shows

From Freshman Year to Senior Year

Inclusion campaign on campus, various stickers on banner

“Now I know people everywhere."

"I take more classes now. I used to take two and now I take three."

"My sense of humor has grown."

"I can help incoming students because I know the school a lot more and I don't need help getting around. I can help other people now."

Nick's Advice for Future Students

"Practice self-advocacy. I did some learning to speak up and talk about it in groups.”

Nick's Mother Shares her Thoughts

Excerpt taken from Denver Post article: "The new access to college has an effect not just on the students enrolled, but the rest of the students on campus, said Julie Harmon, whose son Nick is one of the three students accepted for services at UCCS [the first year - 2016]. “Future doctors and future teachers, they will say, ‘I went to college with a young man with Down syndrome,’ ” she said. “It has a huge impact on the students.” Nick Harmon was one of the handful of students who audited classes at UCCS before the new college pathway was created. “It was during that time that I realized something like this was needed at the college,” said his mother, who also has a teenage son who has Down syndrome and plans to attend college. “The campus is packed with opportunities, and we just need to tap into them.”

More About Nick

Check out the new story that ran on CBS4, featuring Nick's graduation!

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