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Disability Awareness

“When your formative years include people with disabilities, as an adult you make decisions to include people with disabilities.” “Every student needs to hear, ‘We do not see you as a problem. We see you as an opportunity.’” “Membership in the regular class is directly tied to reading...Kids are not retained because of math scores.” “Focus on the solution, not the problem.” Above are some of the words from Doug Fisher that I jotted down at the 2018 PEAK ParentRead more

All We Need To Do Is Change Our Aim

Shelley Moore’s research is rooted in one fundamental question: how can we find the value in the day-to-day practices in our classrooms in terms of inclusive education? The answer, Shelley argues, lies in the science of bowling. Yes, you read correctly, bowling. Who knew an understanding of bowling strategies could provide solutions to the limits of our existing education systems? First, here’s a little background on Shelley. Originally from Edmonton, and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore isRead more

“So You Wanna Be a Hope Dealer?"

“Someone is waiting for you to be their ‘Hope Dealer,’ an audacious and fearless champion for children.” - Hasan Davis, Written Off. Are you a hope dealer? Do you hand out life chances for the kids you encounter, the kids in your classroom, or your own kids at home? You may be wondering what a hope dealer is or what it even means to be a hope dealer. If you want to learn more about ways you can make aRead more
As a parent, do you need help knowing what comes next after high school for your child with a disability? As a young adult, do you wonder how you can be free to do what you want when you want to do it? The PEAK Parent Center RSA transition team headed by Beth Schaffner and Sherrell Bethel has been hard at work over the last several months! They, along with lead author Sami Peterson and contributing author Shirley Swope, areRead more

The Path to Freedom and Possibility

“The function of freedom is to free someone else.” - Toni Morrison Beginning last spring and into the summer, PEAK Parent Center staff began the momentous task of writing grant proposal applications to continue our work for the Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center project and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Shift project. After a ton of work, It came down to the final hours and we rallied as a team to produce two proposals that met the stringent setRead more

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

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

Youth Leadership Summit 2020: Ability in Power

Our staff at PEAK Parent Center have one thing on our minds this time of year: our Annual Conference on Inclusive Education . This year the theme is Discover the Possibilities! Today we want to highlight part of the conference we are really excited about, the Youth Leadership Summit . You might be thinking Why have a Youth Leadership Summit? Isn’t PEAK for parents? Yes, PEAK is all about parents, BUT we help parents so they can help their childrenRead more

How Do You See Your Child’s Disability?

At a recent meeting a question was asked to a group of Parent Training and Information Centers: How do we get families to think and talk about having high expectations for their children with disabilities? The world of parent advocacy is cluttered with many different viewpoints and our children have varying medical and educational needs. No matter our beliefs or where we happen to be on the evolution of our advocacy journey, we all care deeply about our children. SomeRead more

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