IPUL's E-News for November 13, 2020
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.
IPUL is 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.

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 central 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)
Approximately 30-40 hours per week/$14.00 per hour.

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.

New Flyers on COVID-19 From Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare
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We are sharing some new flyers from Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare on COVID-19.
Clicking on the following links will download PDF's with information about a COVID-19 help line (english and en español), guidance when you should go to the hospital for COVID-19 symptoms (english and en español), and a counseling assistance hotline for frontline workers (english and en español).  

You can also download a zip file with all three PDF's Available in english and también disponible en español.
Draft IDAA Policy PLDs Feedback Survey
The State Department of Education - Special Education Alternate Assessments program is looking for families and teachers to take this quick survey.

If you aren't clear what the Alternate Assessment is:

The Idaho Alternate Assessment (IDAA) is based on the Idaho Extended Content Standards Core Content Connectors, which have been reduced in depth and complexity from the Idaho Content Standards. The IDAA is a statewide testing option intended only for those students with the most significant cognitive impairments, in lieu of the general education assessment with or without supports and accommodations.

Having a significant cognitive impairment is not solely determined by an IQ test score, nor based on a specific disability category, but rather a complete understanding of the complex needs of a student. Students with significant cognitive impairments have a disability or multiple disabilities that significantly impact their adaptive skills and intellectual functioning. These students have adaptive skills well below average in two or more skill areas and intellectual functioning well below average (typically associated with an IQ below 55)
(Idaho Special Education Manual 2018, p.xxxiii).
(Idaho Special Education Manual)
November is National Caregivers Month!
Idaho Parents Unlimted is proud to be a member of the Idaho Caregivers Alliance. Thank you to Sarah Tueller, our Program Coordinator, and her son Truman for representing IPUL in the reading and signing of the proclamation.
November is National Family Caregivers Month!

November is National Family Caregivers (NFC) Month! We’re excited to have a reason to celebrate caregivers all through the month of November. This year’s theme is “Caregiving in Crisis”. To honor each Idaho family caregiver, Governor Brad Little signed a proclamation recognizing November 2020 as National Family Caregivers Month.

For the next few weeks we’ll be sharing stories, inspiration and free giveaways on our social channels. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram @idahocaregiveralliance, and Twitter @allianceidaho. Visit our NFC Month celebration page on the ICA website to learn more about giveaways and

Thanks for the work that you do. We appreciate you!
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
- IPUL's December 2020 Statewide Presentation
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This training will provide parents resources for addressing behavior. Additional information about functional behavior assessments and behavior interventions that can be used in home, school, and community settings will be provided. Information is also provided to help parents understand discipline for students with disabilities in schools and related placement decisions.

Our statewide presentation is webcast monthly live via Zoom Webinar. Registration is required.

Once you have registered, you will be sent an email with your registration confirmation as well as a link so you can join the webcast when it goes live.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, IPUL will only be offering this presentation online.

We will be offering this training on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM Mountain Standard Time

Phone: (208) 342-5884
Email: parents@ipulidaho.org
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.

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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