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Irene Aguilar: Ally for Inclusion Award Recipient

Up next in our Ally for Inclusion award recipient features is Irene Aguilar! Irene is a parent, former PEAK Board Member, Colorado Legislator, and Doctor who actively works to make sure all citizens have access to healthcare, education, and supports. Learn more about Irene and her legacy of advocacy in Colorado. Want to learn more about PEAK, and hear from the next recipients of PEAK’s Ally for Inclusion Award ? Join us on September 20, 2019 for In Pursuit ofRead more

Scott Kupferman: Ally for Inclusion Award Recipient

You may be wondering what an Ally for Inclusion is. PEAK created this award to highlight and honor individuals who are on the frontline, working to smash barriers, open doors, inspire us, and make changes for inclusion in communities in Colorado, across the nation, and beyond. Over the next several weeks, we invite you to learn more about the 2018-2019 Ally for Inclusion award recipients and today, we shine a spotlight on award winner Scott Kupferman . Learn more aboutRead more

It’s Back to School: Where’s PEAK this Fall?

While the days are long and hot, the beginning of the school year is just around the corner! As exciting as the beginning of the year is, it can also be stressful for both parents and children. Whether you need planning or advocacy advice for transitions, tips and tricks for behavior, or information about IEPs, PEAK is here to help! From planning for smooth transitions between grades or schools to navigating the IEP, PEAK is offering a handful of FREERead more

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in a Nutshell

So your child has been identified as having a disability. Perhaps you’ve had some concerns about their development and requested an evaluation for special education services. Perhaps your child is transitioning from Part C services (birth-3 years) to Part B (children ages 3-21). In any case, an evaluation has been done to show that your child qualifies for an IEP. Now what? Congratulations! You are now part of your child’s IEP team - and you are the most important memberRead more

Smooth Transitions from Grade to Grade

Whether you have a child who will be transitioning from preschool to kindergarten, elementary school to middle school, or high school and beyond, transitions can be tumultuous times. And while transitions are a normal and natural time in our lives and necessary for our growth, they can be especially trying when you have a child with a disability. Here are some ideas and insight to make them as seamless as possible. Mindset matters. Good transitions set the tone for positiveRead 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

Coming Together for ALL

Members of our PEAK staff recently joined fellow Parent Training and Information (PTI) and Community Parent Resource (CPRC) centers in Tacoma, WA for the Region D Parent Technical Assistance Center annual meeting. PEAK is just one of many PTIs and CPRCs nationwide working to bring resources, information, and training to parents of children with disabilities and young self-advocates. This meeting is an opportunity to come together to network, collaborate, and learn from experts to help us provide the best informationRead more