IPUL's E-News for February 4, 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.
Questions And Answers With You in 2022 - Week 5 Answer
Idaho Parents Unlimited
Engage + Educate + Bridge + Lead
Are you new to Idaho? What has been your biggest challenge in locating resources for your child with a disability/special health care needs?

Here are some links to our most commonly given helpful resources:

Facebook and Instagram: /IdahoParentsUnlimited
Twitter: /IPULIdaho
Fred Riggers Disability Awareness Day Events
fred riggers disabilty awareness day fred is centered and clapping
We had multiple posts this week regarding things that happened at the Capitol during Fred Riggers Disability Awareness Day:

Legacy Award "Marilyn Sword Award" - Melva Heinrich
Fred Riggers Disability Advocate Award - Courtney Lynch
Disability Champion Award - Angela Lindig
Disability Champion Award - Representative Fred Wood
Disability Champion Award - Senator Melissa Wintrow
Disability Ally Award - Challenged Athletes Foundation Idaho
And we shared a livestream of Idaho Governor Brad Little reading and signing a proclamation for the Fred Riggers Disability Awareness Day 2-2-2022. (We started off a bit sideways but quickly got straightened out.) Thank you, Governor Little!
Other Stories We Shared This Week:
Education Secretary Calls for Increased Funding for IDEA
We shared this article about Education Secretary Michael Cardona calling for increased funding for IDEA. From the article:

...Cardona specifically highlighted special education as an area that needs attention.

“It means increasing funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act so that every eligible child with a disability can access a free, appropriate public education,” Cardona said. “It means not allowing for a culture of low standards or low expectations for some students and families over others.”

2022 Aviation Art Contest
We shared this from the Idaho Department of Education:

First place winners receive an invitation to ride in an airplane! The 2022 Aviation Art Contest, sponsored by the Idaho Division Of Aeronautics, is open to Idaho students ages 5-18!

This year's theme is "Aviation Gets You There" - contestants must submit their original, 2-dimensional artwork by April 15, 2022. Find details on this page, under the "Art Contest" tab: 

Nominate a Rock Star for Idaho Teacher of the Year
Also from the Idaho Department of Education:

We are now accepting nominations for our state's top teaching honor, Idaho Teacher of the Year! ANYONE can make a nomination, so please take a moment to nominate a special teacher! Nominate here: 

Boise Schools Virtual Peace Room
We shared this from the Boise School District:

We are operating in uncharted territory right now that nobody could have possibly imagined or prepared for. Your Boise Schools Student Services Team (social workers, counselors, school psychs and nurses) want you to know that your feelings are valid, no matter what they are. You might feel scared, confused, overwhelmed, angry, alone, grateful, or completely calm. You might feel many things at once, like being upset that an event was cancelled, but happy that you can wear pajamas all day. Your feelings are normal; the situation is not. Don't forget to breathe.

This Virtual Peace Room is a place for students and families to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings. We are here to support you!

Life - A Center for Independent Living
offering classes in the Pocatello area
Life, A Center for Independent Living, is the eastern part of the state. Check out the classes and activities they have for people with disabilities:

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Idaho Parents Unlimited
Parent Leadership Institute - 2022
Apply now for 2022
Parent Leadership Development Institute
April 11-15, 2022
McCall, Idaho
Application deadline: February 14, 2022

Candidates will be contacted following the submission of their application to schedule an interview.

Selections will be notified via email by February 28, 2022

"For the past 15 years, IPUL has been supporting parents in becoming strong leaders in their communities through its Parent Leadership Development Institute"
Do you have a child with a disability or special health care needs?
Do you want to be a part of improving systems for children with disabilities in Idaho?

Do you live in region 3 or 4?*
all expenses (lodging, travel, and meals) to attend PLDI are covered by Idaho Parents Unlimited.

*If you need to know what region you live in please contact our office.


February 2022 Statewide Training:
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Join us on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 12:30 PM MST (11:30 AM PST) for our monthly training series, followed by an interactive question and answer period!

We'll be covering: 

  • When sticker charts just never worked.
  • What happens when a child has an incident at school? 
  • Functional Behavioral Assessments 
  • And your questions! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
@ 12:30 - 1:30 PM, MST (11:30 AM - Noon PST) 
(Will not be recorded - Be there or be square)

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 through grants and contracts with the following:
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