IPUL's E-News for December 10, 2021
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.
Networking Event for Parents of Deafblind or Visually Impaired Children
  • Are you the parent of a Deafblind or Blind/Visually Impaired child with multiple disabilities?
  • Would you like to learn more about available resources and programs?

If so, please join us for our virtual monthly networking group
Dates & Presenters:

Wednesday, December 15th, 7-8 PM MST
Alison Steven, Linda Upton and Rocio Gil, staff from the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI) will present on the array of
programs and services offered through ICBVI.

Wednesday, January 26th, 7-8 PM MST
Tina Johnson, IESDB Consulting Teacher for the Blind and Visually Impaired will share the Perkins School for the Blind “What’s the Complexity” Framework and how it is used to evaluate the complexity of educational environments and create more accessible, appropriate learning activities.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 7-8 PM MST
Marlene Swarts, Regional Representative for the Helen Keller National Center will present on the services available through both the regional and national Helen Keller Center.

Wednesday, March 30th, 7-8 PM MST
Sarah Tueller, IPUL Program and Parent Education Coordinator, will share insights and resources related to how Idaho Parents Unlimited supports, empowers, and advocates for Idahoans with disabilities and their families.

Wednesday, April 27th, 7-8 PM MST
Tracy Warren, Program Specialist for the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities will present on person- centered planning and share about the services offered by the Council.

Contact Kristy Buffington, IESDB Transition Coordinator for more information or to request American Sign Language or Spanish interpreters, kristy.buffington@iesdb.org, 208-490-3017

Zoom link - https://iesdb.zoom.us/j/97702511272 Meeting ID: 977 0251 1272
The Green Apple Project
Special IEP Meeting
We shared this from The Green Apple Project:

Our only December support group meeting will be held Thursday, December 16.

This is a special meeting to discuss IEPs.

RSVP required. Options are available for both Virtual and in-person attendence.

for additional information and to RSVP.
Flyer for event
IPUL's own Sarah Tueller and Melissa Vian will be participating in this panel.
Special Needs Christmas Dinner in Chubbuck
Flyer for special needs Christmas dinner
This is taking place in Chubbuck on December 19th:

Chubbuck Lions Club Annual Special Needs Christmas Dinner

December 19, 2021
12:00 pm
Red Lion Hotel

"Tell your friends we can't wait to see you!"
Survey on Services in the Time of COVID
If you're a parent whose child is between the ages of 14-21, IPUL asks that you please consider helping Dr. Gallup with her current research:

Services in the time of COVID

Dear Families, Support Providers, and Caregivers,

Researchers study many topics. To do this we need the help of people who agree to take part a research You are being invited to take part in a research study which will include a survey that should take no more than 10 minutes and will be anonymous. The purpose of this research is to understand the services offered as part of a transition plan on an individual education program (IEP) during COVID and the potential impacts either due to their changes, lack of services, or enhanced services by blending online/telehealth options with in-person services.

The purpose of this study is to answer questions related to services from your child's school or 18-21 transition program regarding school services, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Related Services.

This survey will focus on transition services under the current legislation and will look at before and after COVID.

Transition services are integral to the legislation Free and Appropriate Education and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (FAPE under IDEA). A primary purpose of IDEA is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a FAPE that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. IDEA contains transition services requirements for students with disabilities, which must be addressed in the first IEP to be in effect when the student turns 16, or younger, if determined appropriate by the IEP Team. The Rehabilitation Act authorizes a continuum of services, such as pre-employment transition services, transition services, job placement services, other VR services, and supported employment services for students and youth with disabilities, as appropriate, to secure meaningful careers.
​ I would appreciate your feedback on this anonymous survey. By completing this survey, you agree to participate anonymously in this research.
​Please feel free to contact me via galljenn@isu.edu with any questions.

Thank you for your time and help,
Dr. Jenn Gallup
Associate Professor
​Idaho State University

Dispute Resolution Services for Special Education: IPUL's December 2021 Statewide Training

Join Idaho Parents Unlimited for a discussion of Dispute Resolution Services for Special Education in the state of Idaho. 

We will be discussing reasons Why Dispute Resolution may be needed, Options for resolving conflicts, and Rights & Responsibilities
This will consist of a normal, hour long training that will be recorded, followed by a half-hour question and answer section that will not.

All via Zoom

Taking Place

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 @ 6:30 PM, MT

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) several times a day, 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.

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.

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