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Diana Jolly: Ally for Inclusion Award Recipient

A principled and selfless leader, Diana has served on PEAK’s Board since 1992, which is almost the very beginning! She is a down-to-earth, selfless, loyal, passionate person and is a true Ally for Inclusion! Diana became involved with PEAK because of its unwavering commitment to helping children with disabilities be included in their neighborhood school in a regular classroom. Learn more about Diana and her incredible, long-lasting contributions to PEAK! Want to meet Diana in person, hear from Patrick SchwarzRead more

Dan Wilkins: Ally for Inclusion Award Recipient

“Within the heart of each community, everyone belongs.” This quote from Dan Wilkins is a perfect representation of why he is one of PEAK’s Ally for Inclusion award recipients! A long time friend and colleague of ours, Dan is an outspoken advocate, storyteller, and visionary for people living with disabilities and the culture to which they belong. Learn more about Dan and his fun and powerful legacy! PEAK is proud of each of our Ally for Inclusion award recipients, andRead more

LeDerick Horne: Ally for Inclusion Award Recipient

Today, we are excited to shine the spotlight on LeDerick Horne, a recipient of PEAK’s Ally for Inclusion award! LeDerick is truly an embodiment of PEAK’s vision for full inclusion. A spoken-word poet, tireless advocate, bridge-builder and so much more, LeDerick’s work helps achieve substantive, systemic change. Learn more about LeDerick and his many accomplishments and contributions. PEAK will announce the next recipients of the Ally for Inclusion award on September 20, 2019 at In Pursuit of Dreams: A FundraiserRead more

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