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October Awareness, part 2

Welcome to part two of our October Awareness series! This series shares the many wonderful disability groups and causes that are spreading awareness in October. As stated in part one , in this post, you will find a few global and Colorado based websites to use as resources to learn more, support and connect with each of these groups and causes. As organizations continue to evolve, please reach out to us to let us know if we missed anything. WeRead more

Youth Virtual Summit 2022: Take Up Space

February 12, 2022: 10am - 2pm MST

February 17, 2022: 9am - 12pm MST

Held concurrently with PEAK's 2022 Virtual Conference on Inclusive Education.

PEAK’s Youth Leadership Team is excited to host the Youth Leadership Summit and introduce their 2021 – 2022 theme, Take Up Space.

PEAK’s 2022 Virtual Conference on Inclusive Education

Registration Rates:

  • Professional Registration: $265
  • Family Member: $170
  • Person with a Disability: $170
  • Student Registration: $170

Important Notes About Registration:

October Awareness, part 1

October seems to be a favorite month for many reasons. One reason we at PEAK Parent love October is the diversity we get to celebrate and learn more about. Because there are so many amazing causes this month, we will be sharing them in a two part series of blog posts. In each post, you will find a list of disability groups and other causes that use October as their national or global month of awareness. You will also findRead more

For Teachers: A Note of Appreciation

In preschool, it was Miss Patti. In elementary school, it was Elizabeth Patrick, Kathy Samuels, and Marlene Fisher. My secondary schooling provided fewer educators that positively impacted me, but Burnham Whittington, my Advanced English teacher from junior year comes to mind. Miss Patti - I don’t remember much about her - if that was her first name or her last, or what she looked like, but I know she made me feel safe, welcomed, and loved. Ms. Patrick made meRead more
This week the nation seemed to breathe a sigh of relief when on Tuesday a Minnesota jury delivered the verdict declaring Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd. After a year of unrest and a number of other deaths suffered in the Black community, this verdict is a glimmer of hope for reform and needed change within our systems. At PEAK, we work for inclusion, equity, and social justice, not just for those with disabilities,Read more
Each day I look out my office window the grass is a little greener, there are buds on the trees and warm weather has begun to tease its way through early spring. Welcome to April, the month where aside from Earth Day, Child Abuse Prevention Month, International Children’s Book Day, and Tax Day, we have Autism Awareness Month. Autism awareness brings with it some heated dialogue. Most people are already aware of autism. Some have opted to replace the wordRead more
By Anna Marcus & Leann Springer Around the world, children are excluded from schools where they belong because of disability, race, language, religion, gender, and poverty. PEAK’s mission, as you probably already know, is to provide training, information, and technical assistance to equip families with strategies to advocate successfully for their children. As a result of these services children and adults will live rich, active lives participating as full members of their schools and communities. We know that an inclusiveRead more
“When your formative years include people with disabilities, as an adult you make decisions to include people with disabilities.” “Every student needs to hear, ‘We do not see you as a problem. We see you as an opportunity.’” “Membership in the regular class is directly tied to reading...Kids are not retained because of math scores.” “Focus on the solution, not the problem.” Above are some of the words from Doug Fisher that I jotted down at the 2018 PEAK ParentRead more

All We Need To Do Is Change Our Aim

Shelley Moore’s research is rooted in one fundamental question: how can we find the value in the day-to-day practices in our classrooms in terms of inclusive education? The answer, Shelley argues, lies in the science of bowling. Yes, you read correctly, bowling. Who knew an understanding of bowling strategies could provide solutions to the limits of our existing education systems? First, here’s a little background on Shelley. Originally from Edmonton, and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore isRead more

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