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The Changing Season: Transition at PEAK

A change of season is upon us. Crisp cool mornings have made their way into the forecast. One of the earliest snowstorms in state history has passed. The more tolerable temperatures of fall are finally here. Can you hear the aspen leaves quaking in the breeze? Can you see the magnificent autumnal palette that will soon adorn our colorful Colorado landscape? The season at PEAK Parent Center is also changing. Barbara Buswell, PEAK’s co-founder and longtime Executive Director, is takingRead more

Reflections On My Summer At PEAK

I never would’ve expected to be so deeply impacted by an organization for which I almost missed the interview. Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it seems. First, let’s rewind to December of 2020: I applied to PEAK Parent Center through Colorado College’s Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP). Flash-forward two months, I was studying abroad in Granada, Spain. February 25, my interview day, did not go as planned, to say the least. I arrived at school that morning toRead more

Talking to Your Teenager About COVID-19

In an ideal world, teens would seek their parents’ advice and comfort during troubling times. But, we know that’s not always the case. Parents are often the last people teenagers want to talk to when they’re stressed. And, even if they appear to be adjusting well, teenagers are likely being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This may be the first substantial crisis of their lifetime, and it is altering typical adolescent experiences such as playing sports or attending group activities.Read more

Let’s Open Our Doors and Make a Place for Everyone

The other day I got a phone call from a friend. We hadn’t spoken for some time. Our friendship sprouted in the summer of 2003 when my husband, our nearly one-year-old son, and I embarked on a move from the San Luis Valley to a remote area in Garfield County. That summer we became part of a community of friends that you simply don’t make every day. Over the course of our conversation, we looked back on those times andRead more
Aside from the daily statistics on rates of infection, lockdowns, curfews, shutdowns, economic instability and more, It is really easy to get overwhelmed with all the information being dumped on us about educating our kids from home amid indefinite school closures. Every other post I’ve scrolled through in the last week seems to be a free subscription, ways to keep your kids busy and learning while at home, or some method to keep parents sane amid the chaos. It’s difficultRead more

Conference on Inclusive Education FAQ

We’ve been busy these last few months creating all things conference. Everyone at PEAK Parent Center is excited and proud to bring you the 34th Annual Conference on Inclusive Education , Discover the Possibilities. Whether you are a veteran attendee or plan to attend for the first time, PEAK’s Annual Conference on Inclusive Education is the premier event to connect you with all things inclusive education. This year’s line-up of keynoters features classic conference names like Jonathan Mooney , who’sRead more

Giving Thanks and Appreciation

PEAK experiences many blessings as we work across the state of Colorado and beyond to ensure that children and adults with disabilities can live fully included lives in their schools, communities, employment and each step of life! We are honored to know and to be touched by many incredible individuals and families across the country who share our values. Every person brings unique talents, strengths, and abilities to the tables of their communities, and it is not until we realizeRead more

Take Risks, Ride the River

Note from the editor: Today's blog features a keynote address given by PEAK Parent Center's Executive Director, Barbara Buswell, at the 1991 TASH Conference in Washington D.C. It has been edited to fit parameters for the PEAK Parent Center Blog. While it is nearly 30 years old, it still holds relevance today. We, at PEAK, continue to push for inclusion in all aspects of life. As you make plans for spring break, or schedule summer vacations, or ride the riverRead more

Belonging

Now that the flurry of conference mania has settled at PEAK Parent Center, life has returned to normal. We continue our daily work of ensuring inclusion in our Colorado communities and beyond. The parent advisor line is ringing as we prepare for the spring IEP season to commence. Let’s take a few moments to reflect on the 2019 Conference on Inclusive Education. What are some of your favorite takeaways? How will you implement the tools you took home? What movedRead more
How many of you have been on a trip where you've packed an empty bag inside your suitcase to bring home all the goodies, treasures, and keepsakes to remember your travels? Those of you who will attend the 2019 Conference on Inclusive Education will bring a lot of keepsakes home with you. These will be in the form of renewed perspectives, fresh ideas, an expanded toolkit, new resources, and a broader circle of friendship and community! You'll need to bringRead more

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