IPUL's E-News: November 1, 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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IPULians on the Road (Part 1)
Last week, Angela and Sarah started off the week in Louisville, Kentucky at the Council of Administrators of Special Education/National Association of State Directors of Special Education Conference, where they attended alongside with our secondary transition team partners at the State Department of Education, Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and three of our school district special education directors (Lake Pend Oreille, Nampa, and Idaho Falls #91.)
hundreds of people sitting at tables at the conference
After hours, they wandered around and explored ' Luavul' (best correct pronunciation according to the locals.)
pictures of churchill downs
pictures of the louisville slugger factory
Finally, Angela posted this on her Facebook page:

"I'm on my flight home and I'm reflecting on the past couple of days in Louisville where Sarah and I were part of an incredible panel presentation that we shared with our secondary transition team partners at the State Department of Education, Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and three of our school district special education directors (Lake Pend Oreille, Nampa, and Idaho Falls #91.)

We have an amazing team and we have partnered and collaborated for several years now on improving transition to adulthood systems for all students with disabilities. While I know that not every state has such great partnerships, I was struck by how many people at the conference either didn't know who their Parent Training and Information Centers were or, if they did, they groaned and rolled their eyes.

That's why I said last night that we have work to do. PTIs are a tremendous resource to families but we also must be a resource to teachers, administrators, special education directors, physicians, clinicians, and other related services professionals. Yes, there is a time and place for resolving disputes that escalate to higher levels but how that happens makes all the difference in the world. If we as parent centers are viewed as adversarial and people don't want to partner with us, we're sure not going to be as effective in our work as I believe we could be.

I'm so very grateful for the relationships we've built and continue to build as I know that when there is trust, children and families have positive outcomes. As long as I get to serve in my role at Idaho Parents Unlimited, we will work hard to develop trusting relationships with and between our professional partners and the families we serve!"

IPULians on the road (Part 2)
At the same time, our Arts Director Heather Kirk-Skinner was in Irvine, California attending the 2019 VSA Intersections Arts and Special Education Conference:
As Heather said :
"I'm always honored to be a part of the Kennedy Center Network as Arts Education Coordinator at Idaho Parents Unlimited. Attending our annual VSA conference is one of my favorite learning opportunities. This year was exceptionally poignant with keynote speakers Wanda Knight and Emelyne Bingham bringing down the house with humor, intelligence and insight into how our privilege prevents us from making space for others. "Diversity Is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance." #alllearners"
Our Thanks to the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation
The Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation presented IPUL with a check in the amount of $40K this afternoon (Thursday the 31st) - our portion of the proceeds resulting from the Graham Slam Event held in September.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude and by their extreme generosity. I know these funds will help us to make a significant impact in assisting families who are raising children with disabilities and special health care needs in Idaho.

IPUL is growing and developing in new ways every day, and I see a very bright future for all of us! #BeyondThankful
Statewide Training for November -
Rights and Responsibilities: Resolving Disagreements
flyer for the event - four emoticons across the top of the image with one sad one happy one mad and one glum
Disagreements happen. But conflict is not  always  a bad thing - it can be constructive. Having a plan to work through it can provide opportunities for everyone to be heard and understood, and improve strained interactions. This training will look at using the least adversarial approach to manage disagreements over how best to help your child, improving relationships for the long term.
  Wednesday, November 13, 2019
 10:00 -11:00 a.m. MST and again at  6:00-7:00 p.m. MST

 Broadcast live from the Boise office and interactive via webinar from anywhere with an internet connection
 Idaho Parents Unlimited
 4619 Emerald St., Ste. E
 Boise, ID 83706
 Phone: (208) 342-5884