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Disability Law

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
A few weeks ago, I began to search my social media feed for inspiration as to what PEAK should post for Independence Day. I came upon a quote from the Black Lives Matter movement’s official Facebook page, @BlackLivesMatter. It reads, “Each of our own liberation is tied to one another. We cannot be fully free until every member of our community is free. That is why we must be intentional and steadfast in centering the voices of the most marginalizedRead more
Your child or student with a disability has been placed in the general education classroom. You may have concerns or hesitations about their learning and progress in this setting. How do we set them up for success? How do we make this work all day, in every subject, and in extracurricular activities? First, let’s review the concept of placement in IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) which emphasizes that children with disabilities are to be educated to the maximumRead more

Take Control of Your Future: VOTE in Your Local Election

Election Day is coming up on November 7, 2017 and we are excited to share information and tips about voting for people with disabilities and their families. En Español: Derecho al Voto de los Individuos con Discapacidades ; y Regístrate para Votar . If you are an educator interested in informing your students about the importance of voting, check out this article, Rock the Vote , from Teaching Tolerance! In every election season it is extremely important for all eligibleRead more

ESSA: Newly Reauthorized Education Law

What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know and Do The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new education law that President Obama just signed that reauthorizes the 50 year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965), which was known to most people as NCLB (No Child Left Behind, the 2001/2002 reauthorization of ESEA). So, what does ESSA mean for students, including students with disabilities? The new ESSA does the following: Moves accountability, educator evaluations, and school improvementRead more
February 25, 2016 - 8:00am to February 26, 2016 - 5:30pm

Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207

PEAK's Conference is for Everyone! 

Published: 
Apr 2015

Included within this article are a series of documents, prepared by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S.

Published: 
Apr 2015

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products relevant to the supports that Parent Centers offer to families who have children with

Publisher: 
The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education
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Jan 2015

The Quick Guide to Special Education Dispute Resolution Processes for Parents of Children & Youth (Ages 3-21), available in both English and Spanish and published by The National Center on Disp

Managing Conflict in IEPs: Tips for Families

By Guest Author John Tweedy, Esq., Robinson-Tweedy, P.C., Boulder, CO As a lawyer for students with special needs, I am convinced that the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting remains the most important step in the special education process. Because decisions reached in IEP meetings are so crucial, disagreement and conflict at this stage are often unavoidable – even necessary. How we manage that conflict can make the difference between a failed IEP, leading to litigation or worse, and one thatRead more