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It’s Back to School: Where’s PEAK this Fall?

While the days are long and hot, the beginning of the school year is just around the corner! As exciting as the beginning of the year is, it can also be stressful for both parents and children. Whether you need planning or advocacy advice for transitions, tips and tricks for behavior, or information about IEPs, PEAK is here to help! From planning for smooth transitions between grades or schools to navigating the IEP, PEAK is offering a handful of FREERead more

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in a Nutshell

So your child has been identified as having a disability. Perhaps you’ve had some concerns about their development and requested an evaluation for special education services. Perhaps your child is transitioning from Part C services (birth-3 years) to Part B (children ages 3-21). In any case, an evaluation has been done to show that your child qualifies for an IEP. Now what? Congratulations! You are now part of your child’s IEP team - and you are the most important memberRead more

Smooth Transitions from Grade to Grade

Whether you have a child who will be transitioning from preschool to kindergarten, elementary school to middle school, or high school and beyond, transitions can be tumultuous times. And while transitions are a normal and natural time in our lives and necessary for our growth, they can be especially trying when you have a child with a disability. Here are some ideas and insight to make them as seamless as possible. Mindset matters. Good transitions set the tone for positiveRead more

How Do You See Your Child’s Disability?

At a recent meeting a question was asked to a group of Parent Training and Information Centers: How do we get families to think and talk about having high expectations for their children with disabilities? The world of parent advocacy is cluttered with many different viewpoints and our children have varying medical and educational needs. No matter our beliefs or where we happen to be on the evolution of our advocacy journey, we all care deeply about our children. SomeRead more

Coming Together for ALL

Members of our PEAK staff recently joined fellow Parent Training and Information (PTI) and Community Parent Resource (CPRC) centers in Tacoma, WA for the Region D Parent Technical Assistance Center annual meeting. PEAK is just one of many PTIs and CPRCs nationwide working to bring resources, information, and training to parents of children with disabilities and young self-advocates. This meeting is an opportunity to come together to network, collaborate, and learn from experts to help us provide the best informationRead more

In Pursuit of Dreams: Tell Us Your Dream

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? What barriers did you face or overcome in pursuit of your dreams? What does your child dream of? What will it take for them to make that a reality? For individuals with disabilities and their families there are often MANY barriers in the pursuit of everyday living let alone adulthood dreams and achievements. At PEAK Parent Center it is our goal to ensure that everyRead more

Take Risks, Ride the River

Note from the editor: Today's blog features a keynote address given by PEAK Parent Center's Executive Director, Barbara Buswell, at the 1991 TASH Conference in Washington D.C. It has been edited to fit parameters for the PEAK Parent Center Blog. While it is nearly 30 years old, it still holds relevance today. We, at PEAK, continue to push for inclusion in all aspects of life. As you make plans for spring break, or schedule summer vacations, or ride the riverRead more