IPUL's E-News for April 8, 2022
Here are the highlights of our recent activity online. Not everything is included due to timeliness. If an advertised event already took place, we've left it off.
IPUL Will Be Out of the Office!
Out for PLD next week

Parent Leadership Development Institute

We will have limited staff in the office this week due to our annual Parent Leadership Development Institute, April 11-15th. Thank you in advance for your patience as we do our best to return phone calls, emails, and questions you may have for us throughout the week.

IPULIDAHO.ORG parents@ipulidaho.org 208.342.5884

Questions And Answers With You in 2022 - Week 14
Idaho Parents Unlimited
Engage + Educate + Bridge + Lead
For week 14 we asked:

When it comes to Family Direct Support Services, do you know what expenses are allowable?
Week 14 Answer
  • Allowable Goods and Services: The guidelines for allowable goods and services and any limitations related to the goods or service that may not be covered are listed below. These examples are intended to broadly describe each category and are not intended to limit purchases to items on this document.  
  • Personal Support (To help the child maintain health, safety, and basic quality of life ) such as bathroom modifications, Kitchen modifications, and assistance needed with ADLs.
  • Emotional Support (To learn and practice behaviors consistent with goals while minimizing interfering behaviors) Assistance in practicing of appropriate expressions of emotions, desires or socially appropriate behaviors. This includes goods such as sensory equipment. 

  • Support Broker cost of business expenses
  • State Plan services (e.g., Intervention, Counseling, Medical services) 
  • Education-related services. 
  • Recreational and adaptive recreational classes or fees 

For a full list with details please refer to the "Guidelines for Allowable and Non-Allowable Expenses:

This information was retrieved directly from the Department of Health and Welfares website. 
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Creating Change Through Parent Voice:
Policy Advocacy Training
May 11 - Twin Falls, May 12 - Idaho Falls
Feel passionately about how Idaho can improve access to important services infants and toddlers need to thrive? Want to learn how to use your voice as a parent to change policy? Attendees will learn how to share their story as parents of young children, how to contact their state legislators, and develop confidence about how to engage with the lawmaking process. Join Idaho’s First Steps Alliance and Idaho Parents Unlimited for a two-hour, in-person advocacy training session to step into your power as parent in this state.

• Participants will learn skills to frame stories about their lived experiences as parents and caregivers and how to share them with lawmakers
• Participants will learn what it means to advocate around policy matters at the state and federal local level
• Participants will have opportunity to practice sharing their stories with others

Taking place live and in-person - This will be the same training but held at different locations.

May 11, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 PM MDT
College of Southern Idaho - Hepworth Building, Rm. 176
315 Falls Ave, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301


May 12, 2022
5:30-7:30 PM MDT
Idaho Falls Activity Center - East Room
1575 N Skyline Dr, Idaho Falls 83402

Stories We Shared
Larry Gebert, 1959 - 2022
We are saddened to learn of Larry Gebert's passing.

Larry was an incredibly generous and kind man who had a passion for nonprofit, charitable causes. His annual jump into the freezing waters of Lucky Peak on New Year's Day on behalf of the Make a Wish Foundation made a profound difference in the lives of so many children with disabilities and complex medical conditions.

His "Where's Larry" segment brought much needed attention to so many charitable causes and events in our community. I had the pleasure of meeting Larry on a number of occasions when raising funds for the creation of the Adventure Island Playground in Meridian's Settler's Park. He always remembered me which I found amazing considering the amount of people Larry met and came in contact through his work and in giving back to the community.

We extend our sincere sympathies to Larry's family and dear friends. He will be missed. ~Angela Lindig, IPUL Executive Director

SILC logo and the idaho capital
SILC Public Meeting
We shared information that the State Independent Living Council will be having a public meeting in Burley, Idaho on April 21, 2022

For full information click this link or the image to the left
Job Opening: Administrative Assistant
Now Hiring: Part-Time Administrative Assistant

Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides training, resources, support, and one to one assistance for parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs, as well as accessible and inclusive arts programming. IPUL is seeking a Part-Time Administrative Assistant.

TITLE: Part-Time Administrative Assistant
REPORTS TO: Executive Director / Supervising Program Coordinator
LOCATION: IPUL Office, Boise
HOURS: 10-15 hours a week

A. Perform general clerical duties to include, but not limited to, bookkeeping, copying, faxing, mailing and filing.
B. Data entry.
C. Data collection for surveys as needed.
D. Maintain project calendars to coordinate work flow.
E. Organize documents and files.
F. Collect and maintain inventory of office equipment and supplies.
G. Assists the Arts Coordinator in collecting teaching artist materials and reports, communications, and assisting in the Work of Art events.
H. Other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director including assisting in other special events as needed.
I. Accept and represent the IPUL organizational philosophy.

A. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Windows, Access, and Excel.
B. Excellent writing skills including proofreading and assimilating and summarizing information.
C. High school diploma required; college credits or related work experience desirable.
D. Experience with family/families of a child with a disability.

A. Work hours may be flexible with both in-office and remote options available
B. Must adhere to applicable privacy laws
C. Must be fully-vaccinated for Covid-19

The employee occasionally lifts, pushes, and/or moves up to 50 pounds, such as boxed hardware and software or office materials, or furnishings.
The noise level of the work environment is moderate to loud noise.
Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Please email your resume to jobs@ipulidaho.org Please, no phone calls.

Parents of children with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply
Bilingual in English / Spanish is a plus
This position will remain open until filled.
April 2022 Statewide Training:
IEP Roadmap
IEP Roadmap

Step-by-step guide on how to read the actual document for your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Participants will be taken on a tour of Special educaiton using Idaho's Individualized Education Program (IEP) as the map, and IPUL staff as the guides. 

12:30 - 1:30 PM MDT (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT)
Live on Zoom

Live workshops will no longer be recorded so the chat feature will be available 

On-Demand recorded webinars located at IPULIDAHO.ORG

Point your smartphone at the QR code to be taken directly to IPUL's registration page

question ask here
Contact Idaho Parents Unlimited!

The best method to reach us for assistance is through our website:  
https://ipulidaho.org/connect-with-us#contact-us-here . You can also shoot us a question using the abbreviated version of that form at the bottom of every page on our website, although we may need to get more information from you.

We monitor our intake phone line (208-342-5884) during the workday, and will try to respond to any request there within 24 hours. We use an automated intake phone system, so you will be leaving a message. (Please be sure the number you are leaving us can accept text or voice messages.)

For questions that are not about something in our scope of work, you can still leave a phone message as above, send the question to the form on our website, or shoot us an email at parents@ipulidaho.org.

We keep our website updated with new news and events, and maintain a presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
IPUL's programs are funded in part through grants and contracts with the following:
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Programs and services offered by Idaho Parents Unlimited are supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education (H328M200033) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Affordable Care Act Family to Family Health Information Center (H84MC12896), opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions of either department, endorsement is not assumed