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Diana Jolly *

Diana Jolly *
Secretary, Board Member Emeritus

Diana first learned about PEAK when she was invited to a focus group meeting about services that were available in her rural community. There, she met Ellie Valdez-Honeyman, a former PEAK Board Member, who encouraged Diana to learn more about PEAK, which eventually lead to Diana joining the board in 1992! Diana became involved with PEAK because of its unwavering commitment to its mission and core values. Throughout the years, as a result of her support of PEAK, Diana has had the opportunity to meet people and hear ideas that she never would have been exposed to otherwise. Because of PEAK, she now knows that equal rights for people with disabilities is not just the right thing to do, it is a social justice issue. Diana recognizes that disability doesn’t happen in isolation, to someone else or someone else’s family. Everyone knows someone who has a disability, and at some point we will all need some type of accommodation due to circumstances in our lives. Diana feels strongly that all children have the right to be included in their neighborhood school in a regular classroom, that all children benefit when everyone is included in the same classroom, and that families are experts on the needs of their own children and should thus be involved in all decisions made for their children! Diana’s learned her favorite quote from self advocate Dan Wilkins, and it is by Ram Dass: “We’re all just walking each other home.” Diana feels grateful for the experience of being involved with PEAK!