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Why do educators and other professionals refer parents of children with disabilities to PEAK Parent Center? And, how can PEAK Parent Center assist educators and professionals?
- PEAK provides safe and confidential support that helps families and educators to strategize and problem solve no matter the situation! PEAK supports families and educators across Colorado as the federally designated Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center for the State.
- PEAK helps parents and educators develop effective communication skills so that families and professionals can positively work together to support the needs (and strengths) of the child.
- The majority of PEAK’s services are free to families, and families receive a timely response to all inquiries whether by phone, email, or in-person.
- When a family contacts PEAK, they are immediately connected to trained Parent Advisors, who have children with disabilities themselves and can offer evidence-based, peer-to-peer information and expertise.
- PEAK serves families of children with all kinds of challenges whether they be physical, learning, emotional, cognitive, sensory, etc. The disability can be mild to significant or the child could be struggling in school and a family doesn’t know why.
- PEAK serves families who have children ages birth through twenty-six and self advocates (young adults with disabilities).
- PEAK’s services and expertise are not limited to one disability category and the majority of our services are available in both English and Spanish.
- PEAK Parent Center is designated by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
How do I refer a family to PEAK Parent Center?
PEAK supports families in the way that works best for them. Families seeking support can be connected to a Parent Advisor by:
- Phone: 719.531.9400 / 800.284.0251
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After I send the referral, what can a family expect?
- All services are provided at no cost to families.
- An immediate connection to a trained Parent Advisor.
- Safe, reliable, confidential supports.
- Services available in both English and Spanish.
- Recognition that PEAK is available to their family, as needed, for their child’s entire educational journey.
What kind of training and information does PEAK Parent Center offer to educators and other professionals?
In addition to serving families, PEAK collaborates with education, early childhood, rehabilitation, and medical communities to create systems changes that improve outcomes for children. We do this by offering:
- Links to national educational and disability “vetted” clearinghouses that offer evidence based information and strategies that improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
- Individualized connections to educators and professionals across the nation with expertise in their particular area of focus.
- Community Workshops
- Learn more about PEAK’s upcoming community workshops on our Colorado Calendar.
- Any time school districts, community groups or agencies work with PEAK to host a workshop or trainings, as long as it can be offered for free to participants and can be open to families in Colorado, there may be no or little cost to the group.
- Online Webinars
- Links to archives and recordings of trainings that can benefit educators!
- Fee-for-Service Opportunities
- School districts, community groups, and agencies can contract with PEAK on a fee-for-service basis for consultation, customized in-service trainings, curriculum development, in-service presentations, and additional workshops.
- Email PEAK's Training Coordinator email@example.com to inquire about scheduling a Fee-for-Service opportunity with PEAK!
Who should contact PEAK Parent Center?
- Families of children with disabilities
- General educators
- Special educators
- Self-Advocates (individuals with disabilities)
- Friends of children/youth with disabilities
- General education administrators
- Special education administrators
- Related service providers
- Professionals in the Education, Medical, and Human Service Fields
- Individuals who wish to contract with PEAK for consultation, customized in-service trainings, curriculum development, in-service presentations and/or workshops on a fee-for-service basis
- Anyone interested in learning how to advance the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all walks of life