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Belonging: Being Accepted No Matter What

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 the t-ball games, weekends busy with soccer, and I even felt fearless at the intense, precise juggling act most parents perform in order to fit it all in between extracurriculars, sports, school, and friends. ‘Bring it on,’ I would have said, as I dreamed with anticipation and joy about watching my son grow, establish his talent, embrace friendly competition, learn to win and to lose in a way only sports can teach, and most importantly - forge those lifelong friendships of your teammates. But like most people, I never dreamed I would have a child on the autism spectrum or how global the impact is on a person and their family. Like many parents of kiddos on the spectrum experience, our family went through an adjustment process in which we mourned what we expected and then were tasked with embarking on an uncertain journey to accept and find the beautiful child we do have.

It wasn’t until we found PEAK that Parker was truly able to participate in meaningful activities - we had given up even trying. We have learned the difference between ‘fitting in’ and ‘belonging.’ Fitting in is adapting yourself so that you are accepted, and belonging is being accepted no matter what.  This experience has transcended our journey to an even higher level of acceptance where we feel joy and celebration, no matter how hard it can be. Every week, we look with excitement to the fun, positive, organized practices. Our whole family is surrounded with positivity, energy, motivation, and drive. There are loud cheers no matter what. To quote Parker after his first practice, ‘Wow, I really needed that!’

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Thank you, PEAK, and all who support you.  You gave us the bountiful gift of belonging through a much desired rite of passage, which is the gift of childhood sport” -Parker’s mom.

Are you a friend of PEAK? Have you or someone close to you benefited from the work we do?  Do you care about social justice, inclusion, quality education, and opportunities for ALL children? Click here to make your donation today, and make sure all families in Colorado have the same success and opportunities as Parker and his family. Help create a world where all belong and are accepted no matter what!