IPUL's E-News for February 12, 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.
Red Flags for Genetics Survey for Families
What is the survey about:

The goal of the survey is to capture the experience of families and parents with the early signs and symptoms (Red Flags) their children may have experienced on their journey before obtaining a genetic diagnosis. This information will be utilized to create educational materials for other families and providers.

Who Should Take This Survey: individuals or families impacted by genetic conditions

RED FLAGS for GENETICS survey link:

Esta encuesta está siendo iniciada por Mountain States Regional Genetics Network's Genetic Ambassador Program. El objetivo de la encuesta es recopilar la experiencia de las familias y los padres con los primeros síntomas (señales de alerta) que sus hijos pueden haber demostrado antes de obtener un diagnóstico genético. Esta información se utilizará para crear materiales educativos para otras familias y proveedores.

Esta encuesta está diseñada pensando en una sola persona. Si tiene varios hijos o familiares afectados por condiciones genéticas, le pedimos que complete una encuesta por cada niño o individuo.

10th Annual Family Caregiver Conference - February 20, 2021
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The 10th Annual Family Caregiver Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is the first year the Family Caregiver Conference will be held virtually – this allows us to open the conference to family caregivers from all regions of Idaho. The theme for this year’s conference is Celebrating Resilience. This will be a day of celebration, education, support, and networking among family caregivers and care partners. The agenda features local experts who will present valuable information addressing caregiving across the lifespan. 

Register Here either to attend or sponsor -
Early bird pricing ends for attendees on February 15

Save The Date
Yes you Cans conference banner
The Idaho Federation of Families will be holding a Family Education Conference, May 5th-7th.

More information to come soon!
CSI - College GPS Day- Feb 23, 2021
Sharing for the College of Southern Idaho and Magic Valley Transition Team for High School Students accessing Special Education services.
college GPS day flyer


We are thrilled to once again be able to invite students to College GPS Day 2021 presented by the Magic Valley Transition Team and the College of Southern Idaho!!
This year’s event will be presented virtually through Zoom and is open to any high school Juniors and Seniors on an IEP or 504 plan who would like to attend college. College GPS Day is an annual event that introduces students to navigating college and adult services/resources, including the process of requesting accommodations and the difference between high school and college accommodations. It also allows for college and career exploration through presentations from a variety of CSI advising services and degree programs.

The event is free to all qualified students. Educators, paraprofessionals, and parents are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please register for the event via Google forms on or before Friday, February 19th, 2021. Once we receive your registration, a confirmation email will be sent with a Zoom link.

Educator/Parent Application: https://forms.gle/X4YwfbreM8dZ9wn18

The Magic Valley Transition team (MVTT) is a group of local stakeholders working on behalf of youth with disabilities and their families to increase transition opportunities and youth success. The team includes representatives from the College of Southern Idaho, the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Idaho Department of Labor, Living Independence Network, the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind, and local SPED directors and teachers. MVTT events are funded through small grants and the generosity of local agencies and sponsors.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Scott Lindquist, 208-732-6260, or Kristy Buffington, 208-490-3017.

We are very excited about this upcoming event and look forward to receiving your applications!

Thank You,
The Magic Valley Transition Team
Free ASL Classes via Oklahoma School for the Deaf
FYI - These are free ASL-I and ASL-II classes available for people in any state:

C.K. Quade Law - Legal Planning for Life After 18
This is a free presentation. Important information for those who are wondering about adulthood for their children.

For those waiting for the Spring Schedule of Presentations:

Legal Planning for Life After 18! and Special Needs Planning, what is it good for?

**Free of Cost. Space limited**

Girl's letter to lawmaker leads to legislation for people with hearing loss
Ally Tumblin
Legislation being considered in Congress that would require insurance providers to cover hearing aid devices is the brainchild of a now 11-year-old girl.

Ally Tumblin, now a fifth-grade student in Colorado, was 9 years old and in third grade when she received a homework assignment to do something to better her community, with one option being to write a letter to an elected official about an important cause.

March 2021 Statewide Training:
Getting and Keeping the First Job
(Youth & Parents)
Event Flyer for getting and keeping the first job with a man creating art using a marker in the background behind the text
Getting and Keeping the First Job (Youth & Parents) - IPUL's March 2021 Statewide Training

 For both youth and parents, this training will be on tips and strategies for youth 
with disabilities  to get and keep their first job. 
Taking Place: 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 PM MST via ZOOM

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Upcoming Events!

January 2021
27th Lunch and Learn
Self-Care in the new year for you and your child

February 2021
10th Monthly Webinar
IDEA & Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities

24th Lunch and Learn
Dispute Resolution in Idaho: Exploring Facilitation
with guest Jeff Brandt, Idaho's Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the State Department of Education, Office of Special Education
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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IPUL's programs are funded through grants and contracts with the following:
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