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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

Belonging: Being Accepted No Matter What

At PEAK we are honored to work with families and youth that call us, come through our doors, or meet at workshops and conferences. PEAK is touched by the success that families who work with us create for themselves after gaining the tools needed to successfully navigate systems and situations. We are driven by the work we do because of the results that families report to us. Read about one family’s experience: “Before Parker was born, I dreamed of theRead more

PEAK Brings You the Very Best

Hi - Deana Heisler here, coordinator for the 2019 Conference on Inclusive Education. I’ve been wandering around the conference vault again and stumbled upon the speaker file. Wow! I’m taken aback by the stellar line up over the years. I guess when you’ve been doing this for 33 years like PEAK Parent Center has, you’ve got HISTORY! Oh the impactful speakers we have had! Speakers who have enabled us to stay current on emerging issues, professionals who have connected usRead more

Blessings at PEAK

Here at PEAK there is never a dull moment. Our office is aflutter with the ring of the parent advisor line, the shuffling of office meetings, arrangements being made for the upcoming Conference on Inclusive Education, brochures to print, copies to be sent. But as the crisp fall air settles in around us in preparation for winter, we took some time to reflect on what makes us whole, what replenishes our cup so that we can continue this important workRead more

A Life-Changing Moment

I was sitting at a round table with several other parents in a ballroom listening to a gentleman with Down syndrome speak. He was a little hard to understand so we were quiet and listening very closely. The first thing he said was “I’m not broke, I don’t need fixed. I just need support.” WOW! The tears welled up in my eyes, my throat got tight, and that new message left quite an impression on this new mom‘s heart. YouRead more