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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

Traumatic Brain Injury: My Family’s Story

I was twelve, eagerly awaiting spring and all that unfolds with the blossoming of tulips and daffodils. Spring break was dancing before me and beyond that summer with its freedom where I would take refuge in the local pool. Soon we would pile into our white Honda Accord and drive north to Montana for the break and Easter weekend. We would take Jessica, the daughter of our family friends, with us to see her family in Billings. She stayed behindRead more

Belonging

Now that the flurry of conference mania has settled at PEAK Parent Center, life has returned to normal. We continue our daily work of ensuring inclusion in our Colorado communities and beyond. The parent advisor line is ringing as we prepare for the spring IEP season to commence. Let’s take a few moments to reflect on the 2019 Conference on Inclusive Education. What are some of your favorite takeaways? How will you implement the tools you took home? What movedRead more
How many of you have been on a trip where you've packed an empty bag inside your suitcase to bring home all the goodies, treasures, and keepsakes to remember your travels? Those of you who will attend the 2019 Conference on Inclusive Education will bring a lot of keepsakes home with you. These will be in the form of renewed perspectives, fresh ideas, an expanded toolkit, new resources, and a broader circle of friendship and community! You'll need to bringRead more
I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with PEAK's two youth trainers, Emily Tamayo and Dan Smith. A road trip across I-70 was in order for the three of us to conduct a training in Grand Junction. As we maneuvered the ess curves up and over snowy Vail Pass alongside the Colorado River and on through DeBeque Canyon I took the time to ask them about something they are both very passionate about-working with youth! If you haveRead more

Forward on the Path to Possibility: New Year’s Wishes

These last few weeks of December have given us time for brief pause and reflection at PEAK Parent Center. Looking back, another year of blessings has been laid on our path; our grants from the U.S. Department of Education were renewed, the newly formed Region D of the Parent Technical Assistance Center Project has expanded our work in assisting other Parent Centers, and we've helped over 2,000 Colorado families. Looking forward, a new year of continuing this important work isRead more

What’s Your Why?

Parents of children with disabilities try to provide the best possible help for their children that they can - often with little to no resources. PEAK Parent Center provides help through information, classes, support hotlines, and events to families each and every day to families throughout Colorado. Navigating medical, educational, and daily living support systems can be a daunting task for many families. PEAK Parent Center is a nonprofit that works every day to ensure that all children with disabilitiesRead more