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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

New Job Opportunities

PEAK is excited to announce that we have two open positions! We are looking for two individuals with a passion for inclusion to join our team. Do you value PEAK’s work? Want to work everyday to ensure that all people with disabilities are included in their neighborhood schools, communities, employment, and all walks of life? 1. Alternative Dispute Resolution Project Coordinator. In this position you will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing PEAK’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Project. You willRead more

Celebrating PEAK: Highlights From Our Annual Fundraiser

On Thursday September 13th, PEAK celebrated its Annual Fundraiser at the Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs. The evening featured live music from UCCS student musicians, a spoken-word performance from poet activist LeDerick Horne, and a silent auction, all culminating around this year’s theme: “An Inclusive Tomorrow Starts Today.” The evening’s activities notably featured the presentation of the inaugural PEAK Allies for Inclusion Awards, presented to three extraordinary individuals: former Colorado State Senator Irene Aguilar, UCCS Assistant Professor ofRead more

Where’s PEAK?: A Look at PEAK Activities & Events

With the autumnal equinox just days away signs of fall are everywhere in Colorado. You might be thinking about the optimal time to plan an afternoon drive or picnic to see the Aspen leaves make their transition from green to yellow to brilliant shades of orange and red. In the morning you may have your heater on as you commute to work or drop the kids off at school. In the afternoon you switch over to the AC; Colorado fallRead more