IPUL's E-News: August 16, 2019
Here are the highlights of our recent activity online. Not all everything is included due to timeliness. If an advertised event already took place, we've left it off.
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  If you have news, information or upcoming events in your hometown that are relevant to families who have children with disabilities or special health care needs and would like us to share that information, please email the details to parents@ipulidaho.org for review.

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Back To School - 15 Apps parents should look out for on their kids' phones
We shared this story from KTVB.COM about 15 popular apps that parents should be keeping an eye out for on their kids' phones as they head back to school.

We will be discussing this along with bullying prevention and more at our October statewide training, but it's excellent to get ahead of it now!

Local School Districts Focusing on Mental Health
staff members in vallivue being trained
NAMPA, Idaho (CBS2) — The Vallivue School District is putting extra focus on their students' mental health.

The district says although support systems are already in place in each school, they want a district-wide understanding of what that support should look like.

Staff members say they recognize the need for a shift as they see students across the nation struggling with more pressure, anxiety, and depression.

"Mental health is a big issue and students, especially you're dealing with a high schooler, you've got 1,400 students a lot of students that are going to be coming with issues and concerns," Ridgevue High School counselor Laurie Wood said. "It's important that we have the skills and the tools to be able to help them."

A great story about Ali Landers and her Pivot Inclusive Dance Movement Therapy
We shared this story that recently was on KTVB about Ali Landers and her Pivot Inclusive Dance Movement Therapy.

Ali Landers  has been promoting inclusion and adaptive dance in the Treasure Valley for well over a decade. Thank you for all you do, Ali!

Please Help the SILC with a survey about ABLE accounts:
FYI: The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) would like to know about your experiences in learning about, and opening an ABLE savings account.

Please take a few minutes (less than 5) to complete the following anonymous and confidential survey.

Coping with Back-To-School Anxiety
We shared this from the Idaho State Department of Education:

For some students and parents, back-to-school time is a time of worry and anxiety. How can kids and parents cope with that very normal anxiety? Dr. Ron Larsen of  Optum Idaho  has some tips in this Idaho Matters interview.

East Idaho Conversation & Collaboration Tour
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Meet up with Idaho Parents Unlimited staff for coffee, conversation, and collaboration.

Bring your questions about healthcare, bring your child's IEP, or if you just need to someone to brainstorm with, we can help.

Schedule your personal 30 minute session by using the following link

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Marshall Public Library
113 S Garfield Ave, Pocatello, ID 83204

Thursday, August 22, 2019
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Villa Coffee House in Idaho Falls
344 Park Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Boise and Couer d'Alene
posters for work of art fall 2019
Pre-employment skills development for students with a disability, ages 16-21. Made possible by a contract through the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Get paid to work with a professional artist while learning job readiness skills.  Please plan to attend all sessions.
Work of Art for Boise 

For Work Of Art taking place: 
October 16 - November 9. 2019

Idaho Parents Unlimited
4619 Emerald, Ste. E Boise, ID

Work of Art for Coeur d'Alene  

For Work Of Art taking place: 
October 9 - October 26. 2019
Human Rights Education Institute 
414 W Fort Grounds dr. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Graham Slam 2019
Graham DeLaet
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September Statewide Training - Special Education: Eligibility and Strengths-Based Goals
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Join IPUL staff for a brief discussion about the beginning steps of the Special Education evaluation process followed by an in-depth discussion on how to write goals for students that focus on their strengths to help them make progress and be successful.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
10:00 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m. 

Live both sessions!


We welcome people who want to attend the training in person at our Boise office. 
(Please plan to be in the office at least 10 minutes prior to broadcast.)

People attending remotely via our simulcast webinar will only need to have a modern web browser to attend. (And you can do that via computer, smartphone, or tablet)

You can register by clicking this link:

You will receive a confirmation email with a link to join either of the live events.