IPUL's E-News: August 30, 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.

Our program coordinator will then share this via IPUL's social media networks.
A Study on Fragile X Syndrome is Seeking Participants
We would like to inform you about a new research study at Vanderbilt focused on the transition to adulthood for young adults with fragile X syndrome. The study is being conducted by Dr. Julie Lounds Taylor at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and two other sites across the United States.

The goal of the study is to learn more about how certain abilities (e.g. memory), certain types of experiences (e.g. interactions with family), and biology affect language abilities in adulthood for both males and females with fragile X syndrome. We are also interested in understanding how these factors and language/literacy skills affect the abilities of these young adults to function independently. Such information will help us suggest ways to improve teaching and therapy techniques for these individuals.

If you have a son or daughter with fragile X syndrome in or entering the last year of high school, you and your child are invited to participate in the study. You and your son or daughter will be asked to participate in 4 assessment visits over a 3-year period. Two visits will be completed at one of our study sites and two will be completed from home. During these visits some assessments will be done directly with your son/daughter, some assessments will be done directly with you, and we will ask you to provide some additional information about your son/daughter. Travel costs will be reimbursed, and families will receive a $200 honorarium for completing all parts of the study.

If you would like to learn more about this study, please call the Study Coordinator at 615-322-2943 or email: transitions@vumc.org
Vanderbilt study flyer
Do you have a son or daughter with Fragile X syndrome in or entering the last year of high school?

Help us learn more about how certain abilities, experiences, and biology affect language abilities in adulthood for both males and females with fragile X syndrome.

Participants will take part in four assessment visits over a 3-year period. Two visits will be completed at one of our three study sites, and two will be completed from home. Each assessment may vary and will require direct participation from either you or your son/daughter. We will also ask you to provide some additional information about your son/daughter. Travel costs will be reimbursed, and families will receive a $200 honorarium for completing all parts of the study.

(615) 322-2943
Come Work At IPUL!
We are hiring!

Parent Education Coordinator - Boise Office

Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc., an 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, is seeking a Parent Education Coordinator in the Boise office.

- Necessary skills: Strong knowledge of and experience with Idaho Special Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

- Must be comfortable with making presentations and public speaking.
- Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of health care/medical/insurance/Medicaid policies for children with special health care needs.
- Must have an understanding of family-centered care, family-engagement, and the importance of parent and professional collaboration.
- Must be highly resourceful.
- Must be professional and have an understanding of privacy laws and ethical guidelines.

- Additional helpful skills: Knowledge of community resources and/or experience with arts education and accessibility.

- Bilingual a plus

- Must be a resident in the State of Idaho
- This position will be working from our Boise office

While the general position hours are set between 9-5 on weekdays, due to training workshops, the position requires flexibility and will include evenings, weekends, and extensive travel both in-state and out-of-state.

Approximately 30-40 hours per week / $13-14.00 per hour. DOE.

Please email your resume to jobs@ipulidaho.org
Please no phone calls.
Parents of children with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply

Title V Needs Assessment Survey
We are sharing this survey from the Idaho Maternal and Child Health program in Idaho:

The Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program is one of the largest federal block grant programs and the longest standing public health legislation with the goal of improving the health and well-being of mothers, infants, and children, including children and youth with special health care needs. The Title V MCH Block Grant Program is administered by the Division of Public Health – Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW).

Every five years, Idaho conducts a comprehensive, statewide needs assessment to collect information and input related to existing services and programs, population needs, gaps and barriers in care, health status, and emerging issues for MCH populations to assure that the MCH Program is guided by the unique needs of Idaho. The IDHW has partnered with the Center for Health Policy at Boise State University to conduct the needs assessment and this survey is one tool to help collect this important information. You are being invited to take this survey because we value your opinion and views on the health needs of individuals and communities throughout Idaho.

We have included a short online survey (link provided below) and hope you will complete it. The survey will be available for your response until September 13, 2019. Your participation in the survey is voluntary, and your answers will be anonymous and confidential. We will be using the results to inform MCH programming to identify potential collaborations and address gaps in services. Please feel free to forward this information and survey to other key stakeholders, as we would appreciate the additional input. Thank you!

If you consent to participate in taking this survey on-line, please go to the link below:


September Tour:
Weiser & Payette Sept. 16,
Twin Falls & Kimberly Sept 17
Three Rivers Tour
Weiser & Payette, Idaho
Conversation & Collaboration Tour

Meet up with Idaho Parents Unlimited staff for conversation and collaboration about your child's IEP, healthcare, or if you just want someone to brainstorm with you about anything related to health or special education. 
Schedule your personal 30 minute session by using the following link


Weiser, ID
Monday, September 16, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Weiser Public Library
621 E. 1st Street Weiser, Id 83672


Payette, ID
Monday, September 16, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Payette Public Library
24 S. 10th St. Payette, Id 83661


208-342-5884
parents@ipulidaho.org
Magic Valley Visits
Twin Falls & Kimberly, Idaho  Conversation & Collaboration Tour

Meet up with Idaho Parents Unlimited staff for conversation and collaboration about your child's IEP, healthcare, or if you just want someone to brainstorm with you about anything related to health or special education. 
Schedule your personal 30 minute session by using the following link


Twin Falls, ID
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Twin Falls Public Library
201 4th Ave. E Twin Falls, ID 83301


Kimberly, ID
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
5-7 pm (light dinner provided)
Centennial Park
325 Madison St. E. Kimberly, ID  


208-342-5884
parents@ipulidaho.org
A WORK OF ART FALL 2019
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

Location:
Idaho Parents Unlimited
4619 Emerald, Ste. E Boise, ID
83706

Work of Art for Coeur d'Alene  

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

Graham Slam 2019
Graham DeLaet
event flyer
September Statewide Training - Special Education: Eligibility and Strengths-Based Goals
workshop flyer
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!

BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE BOISE OFFICE 
AND INTERACTIVE VIA WEBINAR FROM ANYWHERE WITH AN INTERNET CONNECTION.

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.