IPUL's E-News for November 5, 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.
Tools for Life 2022
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First off, we shared information about the upcoming Tools for Life event in 2022:

Tools for Life 2022 - registration is open!

Tools for Life will take place in Moscow on March 7-8 at the Best Western Plus University Inn. This two-day event is a secondary transition conference for students with disabilities, families and secondary transition professionals.

For more information visit;

IPUL has a limited number of scholarships for parents who wish to attend that can help with registration and/or travel/lodging costs.

Contact us at: parents@ipulidaho.org for more information, or you can go here to apply: https://ipulidaho.org/other-services
SIB-R Being Replaced with SIS-A
We shared this information from the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities about the upcoming change to the State assessment for Adult Developmental Disability Services from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:
May 2022 the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be changing from the SIB-R assessment for Adult Developmental Disability (DD) services to the Supports Intensity Scale-Adults (SIS-A).

To learn more we invite individuals with I/DD and families to attend a webinar to learn about this new assessment and ask questions.

November 15th, 11 am to 1 pm MST

Need assistance?
Call (208) 334-2178 or email info@icdd.idaho.gov

Training provided by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 
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Comenzando en mayo del 2022, la evaluación para Adultos con Serviciosde Discapacidades del Desarrollo en Idaho va a cambiar.

Invitamos a personas con discapacidades del Desarrollo y familiaspara que asistan a un webinar para aprender sobre esta evaluacióny hagan preguntas.

15 de noviembre, de 11 am a 1 pm MST


¿Necesita asistencia?
Llame (208) 334-2178 correo electrónico info@icdd.idaho.gov

Capacitación proporcionada por AmericanAssociation on Intellectual and DevelopmentalDisabilities.
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Webinars With More Information Regarding Changes to Adult Developmental Disability Services
We shared this post, regarding services for adults with developmental disabilities in Idaho - but many of you who have teenagers may be interested in learning about this:

Meetings scheduled to understand changes to Adult DD services.

Monday, November 8 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (MST)

DD Council/ACLU Overview of Draft Proposed Temporary Rules for Adult Developmental Disability Services.
Register here.

Thursday, November 11 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (MST)

KW Class Member Meeting is open ONLY to people who get Medicaid DD services and/or their primary advocate. This will NOT be recorded. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Auto captioning provided in English.
Register here.

Monday, November 15 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (MST)

Supports Intensity Scale-Adults (SIS-A) Assessment. This webinar is only for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their family advocates.
Register here.
Virtual Transition Open House: 
Navigating from High School to Beyond
Parents & Students:

Do you have questions about your child's future and how they will transition from
high school to college and work? Would you like to know where to find resources
and information to help you through this process?

If so, please join the Transition Coordinators from the Idaho Commission for the Blind (ICBVI) and the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind (IESDB) to learn more about programs and have your questions answered.

When: Wednesday Nov 10, 2021 05:30 PM Mountain Time, 4:30 PM Pacific time.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information contact:
Kristy Buffington, IESDB Transition Coordinator
208-490-3017 V/Text
Alison Steven, ICBVI Transition Coordinator
208-789-6378 V/Text
Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Citizens Who Have a Disability
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Please share this message with your colleagues, constituents, friends, families, and neighbors.

Through state survey research, we are interested in learning from rural citizens with a disability living in communities across Idaho about their experiences and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our study aims to target the social determinants of health and determine how to better help and prepare Idahoans for the next public health emergency. The response and analysis collected from this study will be shared to other rural communities across America, identifying areas of improvement to better current disability services. The survey consists of 30 questions all organized around how education and neighborhood/housing were impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We need your help to understand the rural disability community experiences of COVID-19! Please answer a few questions at the following link, English or español, to share your experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic with the research team:

If you would like a physical copy of this survey, please email the student-investigator, Morgan Flynn, at mflynn@uidaho.edu

Any questions about this study can be directed to:
Julie Fodor (primary investigator) jfodor@uidaho.edu
Olivia Lebens (co-investigator) at olebens@uidaho.edu
Morgan Flynn (student- investigator) at mflynn@uidaho.edu

English Survey:

Spanish Survey:
Become an IPULian!
Idaho Parents Unlimited is (Still!) Hiring!
Parent Education Coordinator

Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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. This position is to provide assistance via one-to-one phone calls or emails to parents of children with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs and the professionals who serve them. This position also requires the ability to provide training, workshops, and support to parents, professionals, and youth both in-person and online.

Necessary skills:

  • Must represent Idaho Parents Unlimited and its guiding principles.
  • Must have strong knowledge of and experience with Idaho Special Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as well as experience with health systems including Medicaid, Developmental Disabilities, and Behavioral Health.
  • Must have an understanding of family-centered care, family-engagement, and the importance of parent and professional collaboration.
  • Must have the ability to respond effectively to changes and challenges and make effective adjustments where and when necessary.
  • Public speaking and presenting to large and small audiences in person and virtually is required.
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be highly resourceful and self-motivated.
  • Must maintain daily confidential records of communication and interactions with families and professionals using our cloud-based database.
  • Must be professional and adhere to privacy laws and ethical guidelines.
  • Must be able to function in a flexible work environment that will include different locations and may require working from home.
  • Must be able to operate a variety of up-to-date technology and systems with which to perform daily duties.
  • Must possess a proven ability to work effectively and respectfully with a broad range of people from diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • This position will be working from our Boise office, however due to current pandemic restrictions, applicants must have the ability to set up a confidential, professional home office.


While the general position hours are set between 9-5 on weekdays, due to training workshops and regional or national meetings and conferences, the position requires flexibility and will include evenings, weekends, and extensive travel both in-state and out-of-state (when not in pandemic lockdown).

Job is full-time, 40 hours per week.

How to apply:

Please email your resume to jobs@ipulidaho.org Please, no phone calls.

Parents of children with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply

Bilingual in English / Spanish is a plus

Idaho Parents Unlimited is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity and inclusion.

This position will remain open until filled.
Work of Art Underway!
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Work of Art, Day 1-

Heather Kirk Skinner is with Brynne Kundrick and Heather Elizabeth Bee at Idaho Parents Unlimited.

Students met their design teammates and got some shiny new art supplies. The design brief is for musician Steve Fulton, and together we explored what the world of employment has in store for these young artists.

(Printmaking with Amy Nack, Photo credit Isaac Skinner)
November's Monthly Training:
Children's Developmental Disabilities Services in Idaho (Katie Beckett!)
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Join Idaho Parents Unlimited for a conversation about Children's Developmental Disabilities Services in Idaho. We'll be covering topics like the Katie Beckett Waiver, Traditional vs Family Directed Services, Allowable Expenses, and more!

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, November 17, 2021 @ 6:30 PM, MT

Registration is required - Register Here:
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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.

We keep our website updated with new news and events, and maintain a presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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