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Let’s Open Our Doors and Make a Place for Everyone

The other day I got a phone call from a friend. We hadn’t spoken for some time. Our friendship sprouted in the summer of 2003 when my husband, our nearly one-year-old son, and I embarked on a move from the San Luis Valley to a remote area in Garfield County. That summer we became part of a community of friends that you simply don’t make every day. Over the course of our conversation, we looked back on those times andRead more

A Time to Reach Out, Build, and Connect

I sit here typing in my home office looking out the large windows to our back yard. It’s a patio that at some point was closed in. I hear my son speak into his school computer to two of his teachers via Zoom meeting. His voice echoes from his bedroom, down the hall, through my bedroom, and finally to me while I ponder all the problems we’re facing and glance out at the ponderosa pines dancing in the breeze. IRead more

Youth Leadership Summit 2020: Ability in Power

Our staff at PEAK Parent Center have one thing on our minds this time of year: our Annual Conference on Inclusive Education . This year the theme is Discover the Possibilities! Today we want to highlight part of the conference we are really excited about, the Youth Leadership Summit . You might be thinking Why have a Youth Leadership Summit? Isn’t PEAK for parents? Yes, PEAK is all about parents, BUT we help parents so they can help their childrenRead more

Giving Thanks and Appreciation

PEAK experiences many blessings as we work across the state of Colorado and beyond to ensure that children and adults with disabilities can live fully included lives in their schools, communities, employment and each step of life! We are honored to know and to be touched by many incredible individuals and families across the country who share our values. Every person brings unique talents, strengths, and abilities to the tables of their communities, and it is not until we realizeRead more
Your child or student with a disability has been placed in the general education classroom. You may have concerns or hesitations about their learning and progress in this setting. How do we set them up for success? How do we make this work all day, in every subject, and in extracurricular activities? First, let’s review the concept of placement in IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) which emphasizes that children with disabilities are to be educated to the maximumRead 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

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

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
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