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Take Charge of Your Life!

A Five-Session Self-Advocacy Course in Colorado Springs for Youth with Disabilities PEAK’s Shift Transition Project is excited to announce its new five-session Take Charge Self-Advocacy Course, beginning on Saturday, March 12, 2016 in Colorado Springs! The Take Charge course is open to any young person with a disability, age 16 - 22. Take Charge will provide a customized learning experience designed to actively engage each participant in learning and doing. Youth who apply will each invite one family member orRead more

ESSA: Newly Reauthorized Education Law

What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know and Do The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new education law that President Obama just signed that reauthorizes the 50 year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965), which was known to most people as NCLB (No Child Left Behind, the 2001/2002 reauthorization of ESEA). So, what does ESSA mean for students, including students with disabilities? The new ESSA does the following: Moves accountability, educator evaluations, and school improvementRead more

Colorado Gives Day Countdown is ON!

PEAK Parent Center is participating in Colorado Gives Day on December 8, 2015, and we need your help to meet our $5,000 fundraising goal! Help families that call on PEAK Parent Center by donating on Colorado Gives Day . PEAK improves the lives of families of children with disabilities by walking with them and guiding them through challenges they face when accessing education and community services. Through PEAK’s work, families and schools increase expectations and provide opportunities for students withRead more

Say “Thank You” to a Veteran

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. That ripple builds others. Those ripples - crossing each other from a million different centers of energy - build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and injustice.” - Senator RobertRead more

The Ups and Downs of Halloween

October is Halloween month. This time of play and fancy can be a great chance for kids to participate with others in their neighborhood as they dress up and imagine themselves as new beings. When my kids were little, Halloween was a holiday I looked forward to and dreaded. My friends’ kids had playful, imaginative, amazing costumes which they planned for weeks, if not months, in advance. This mother, who doesn’t sew, struggled to find fun costumes especially for myRead more
PEAK recently received a request from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) asking for students, parents, teachers and other stakeholders to be a part of IDEA's 40th Anniversary Celebration! Here's their request: "OSEP is celebrating 40 years of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As part of our celebration, we want to hear from individuals with disabilities, teachers, researchers, and other IDEA stakeholders about the personal impact this legislation has had. How has IDEA made a difference toRead more

Super-Saver Registration: 2016 Conference on Inclusive Education

2016 Conference on Inclusive Education February 25-26, 2016 Renaissance Denver Hotel Denver, CO Do you like to save money? Does your school have professional development dollars that need to be spent now? Are you sure you are going to attend PEAK's 2016 conference no matter what? Do you want to come celebrate 30 years of PEAK and 30 years of our Conference on Inclusive Education? (Accessibility note: all the links below will take readers to sites external of this website)Read more

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