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Word Watch: Realistic

For our first Word Watch transition blog , PEAK enlisted friend and colleague Ian Watlington to contribute his wisdom and advice on how to avoid the “red flags” during the transition journey in order to move forward toward positive futures. We hope you enjoy hearing from Ian. Word Watch: Realistic By Ian Watlington It’s a question everyone gets asked at various stages in his/her life: What do you want to be when you grow up? As life goes along, suchRead more

Word Watch: A Guide for Transition Supports and Services

If you need a guide that can help you make good decisions about transition and the supports and services you or your young person (if you are a parent) may need along the way, the Word Watch blog series from PEAK’s Shift Transition Project can help! There is a vast number of resources out there about transition to adulthood! Many are very good: they reflect best practices and current thinking about inclusion, belonging, respect, choices, and valuing the contributions ofRead more

Give Financially: A Week in the Life of PEAK

The Impact of PEAK’s Work “Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” - John F. Kennedy Often, we don’t know how big an impact our actions have on others and the world around us. At PEAK, we are committed to all children having the chance to learn. Each year, we reach thousands of parents, youth, self-advocates, educators, and professionals across the State of Colorado, and beyond. There is no greater feeling than whenRead more

Change the World: A Week in the Life of PEAK

The Youth PEAK Serves "Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies." - Kofi Annan Recently, PEAK Parent Center has increased our direct work with youth! Though PEAK has always served youth, inRead more

Be Inclusive: A Week in the Life of PEAK

Meet Barbara Buswell . Co-Founder of PEAK Parent Center and Executive Director across the past 30 years! “Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.” - Desmond Tutu Barb's History When Barb’s middle son was born in 1979 with significant physical challenges, she and her family struggled to find positive information and support. She and her husband felt overwhelmed and isolated. But, they loved their son and they were hungry to learn how to build a brightRead more

Change Your Language: A Week in the Life of PEAK

Meet our Parent Advisors: Shirley, Missy, Cindy, and Renee! PEAK Parent Center offers Parent Advising in both English and Spanish. Connections to trained parent advisors who provide individualized information, support, and referrals to families and educators by phone, email, and in-person. Information is available on a variety of topics including the special education process and parent rights, access to inclusive schools and communities, positive behavior supports, transition to adulthood, and much more! All of PEAK’s Parent Advisors are parents ofRead more

Spread the Word: A Week in the Life of PEAK

PEAK in a Nutshell PEAK Parent Center is a nonprofit that works every day to ensure that children and youth with disabilities are fully included in their neighborhood schools, communities, employment, and all walks of life. Many of you know PEAK for our Parent Training and Information (PTI) services. And, if you don't know about PEAK's PTI project, we invite you to learn more . But, did you know that PEAK has additional projects which help us serve even moreRead more