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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

It’s coming...The Ultimate Experience in Inclusive Education

November is here and if you follow us on social media or read our blog on a regular basis you know that we’ve been busy planning for our 33rd annual Conference on Inclusive Education. We are happy to announce that the registration link is open! Join PEAK as we gather for the ultimate experience in inclusive education! The 2019 conference “Within the Heart of Community Everybody Belongs” will be held February 14-15, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel in Denver,Read more

Diversity and Acceptance: A Youth Perspective

Today we offer a blog post from the unique perspective of our guest contributor, Mohammad Alhefzi, a local youth with a disability who also acknowledges his cultural diversity. Hello, my name is Mohammad but I prefer to call myself Hamoudi, and I am 10 years old. I am a happy boy who enjoys playing with other kids and I love water activities. I love music and dancing. I am a handsome boy with pretty thick, hair and I have tonsRead more

What’s Your Role As We Strive for Change?

Each February PEAK Parent Center holds its annual Conference on Inclusive Education in Denver. Chances are that if you’re reading this you’ve been there, or have at least heard about it. You know the excitement, the emotional charge, and the camaraderie that occurs. You also know the sense of community that encapsulates this conference and all that PEAK does. Community is what drives PEAK! Today we address our conference sponsors -a very important part of the PEAK community. This eventRead more
An Interview by Alison Baird This time of year brings many calls to our parent advisor line at PEAK. The vast majority of issues are on one topic: behavior. Today we bring you an interview with Parent Advisor Shirley Swope on what happens after the excitement of the new school year dies with suggestions on how you can best support your child or student. What is the honeymoon period in schools? “In education, the honeymoon period begins when school startsRead more

Back-to-School: Now What?

Students across the state have been in school for a month, maybe more depending on where you live. Sometimes it takes a while for the school to recognize the needs of your unique child or student, but as you settle in to the new routine they become more apparent. Are you or your child experiencing any bumps in the back-to-school road? One service PEAK offers to Colorado families is parent advising in spanish, english, and even arabic. Our trained parentRead more

In the Heart of Community Everybody Belongs

Happy Fall! That means I am deep in the throes of planning the 33rd annual PEAK Parent Center Conference on Inclusive Education being held February 14-15, 2019 at the Denver Stapleton Renaissance Hotel. My name is Deana Heisler and I am the Events Coordinator at PEAK. As I began planning for our upcoming conference I stumbled on to the “conference vault,” which, if it weren’t electronic, would have that old library smell! It holds years and years of conference memoriesRead more