IPUL's E-News: September 13, 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.
We Want Your News!
  If you have news, information or upcoming events in your hometown that are relevant to families who have children with disabilities or special health care needs and would like us to share that information, please email the details to parents@ipulidaho.org for review.

Our program coordinator will then share this via IPUL's social media networks. We are also happy to add events to our calendar for people to find.
Thank You Everyone Involved in the Graham Slam!
We shared this post from Angela:
IPUL and the Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health were the beneficiaries of the Graham Slam 2019 Event which included the golf tournament and Superhero Soirée.

We cannot say thank you to all involved enough...but we're sure going to try.
Thank you all! 
We have no idea what the outcome ($) will be for IPUL as the Graham Slam Event comes to a close, but I do know that no matter what, we are going to be eternally grateful for such gracious and generous people who sponsored, participated, played, partied, and celebrated our nonprofit organization and all of the families we serve.

I know I speak for Idaho Parents Unlimited as well as the Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health when I say that you made us feel like our families and children are not just valued but essential to our communities.

Thank you, Graham and Ruby DeLaet, all the sponsors, all the golfers, and all of our volunteers for making this so special. My fellow IPULians, you are greatly appreciated for all that you were able to do behind the scenes and in front - giving of your time and so much more. I also so appreciate my husband for not only taking time off of work to assist, but also his willingness to recruit volunteers. So much love to you all.
October - Decoding Dyslexia News
October 4, 2019: Proclamation Signing

Please join Decoding Dyslexia Idaho at our public signing with Governor Little of our Proclamation declaring October as Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Friday, October 4th at 2:00 at the Rotunda in our State Capitol. Bring your kiddos, those 1 in 5 who struggle in our schools across this state and support this important moment in bringing awareness and change.
October 5, 2019: Dyslexia Awareness Summit
Join us for Decoding Dyslexia Idaho's first ever Dyslexia Awareness Summit. Learn more about the world of Dyslexia. We are excited to bring to you the best in our community in the world of learning disabilities. Connie Risser, NILD/Joshua Institute, Evelyn Johnson, BSU and Lee Pesky Learning Center, Karyn Kilpatrick, Coopalo Learning Center, Shannon Dunstan, State Department of Education and Nick Stallings, UofI Assistive Technology.

Parents, Teachers, Educational Administrators, SLP and OT Specialists encouraged to attend. Walk away with an overall understanding of what Dyslexia is and is not, learn more about appropriate interventions and resources in our community. You will be put in the seat as we navigate you through the challenging world of an individual with Dyslexia. Expect to walk away with tools and resources on how to advocate and support your child in the coming school year.

Steps To Success: Communicating With Your Child's School
a smiling family
We shared this great resource from CADRE (The center for appropriate dispute resolution in special education) that is focusing on 6 steps to improve communication with your child's school. Download / view the PDF at this link:

A Sensory Playce
We shared this great story on IPUL Board member Jen Johnson, who has create an amazing "playce" for kids!
Jen Johnson and two boys in the Sensory Playce
BOISE, Idaho — A Treasure Valley mom decided to start a gym for kids with special needs. The Sensory Playce has been open for close to a year in Boise, and families are truly enjoying what it has to offer.

“The Sensory Playce is a gym specifically designed to meet the needs of special needs children,” Jen Johnson, founder of The Sensory Playce, said. “We welcome all children of all abilities.”

Is HE going to be in our class? - Finding Cooper's Voice
We also shared this great article, written by Cait Christensen.

Cait is also a board member at IPUL. Here she shares her very poignant story of "Back to School Night" and the importance of belonging for all of our kids. So many of our teachers and administrators are so good at making this happen. Still, there are others who may need a little more support in understanding that our kids are "their" kids too. Please take a look and feel free to share this story. Thank you, Cait for your openness. You are brave. You are advocating.
cooper and his brothers
"Today we had “Back to School Night” and I was nervous all week thinking about it.
Every year when my oldest has a new teacher, I hope and pray that they are kind, understanding, and teach the other students about inclusion and things that make us different…and that its okay."

Meet Julia at the Western States Partnerships Conference
sesame streets julia playing with blocks
Parents - the Western States Partnerships Conference on Human Services is doing meet and greets with Julia from Sesame Street on November 7th.

This is free but you MUST REGISTER FOR A TIME SLOT .

These are extremely limited and no time slots can be double booked. If you're interested click here.

The links to the time slots are here:  https://westernpchs.com/julia-meet-greet-sign-up/
A Question From Our Monthly Training:
We had a question about areas of concern that could be evaluated for special education during this month's morning webinar that we shared on Facebook:

Q: What are the areas that can/should be assessed to determine a child's eligibility for special education?

A: Essentially, there are two broad areas of concern when considering an evaluation: Academic Performance and Functional Performance. Academic Performance may include assessments for reading, writing, math, listening comprehension, and oral expression. Functional Performance may include assessments for dressing, eating, going to the bathroom; social skills such as making friends and communicating with others; behavior skills, such as knowing how to behave across a range of settings; and mobility skills, such as walking, getting around, going up and down stairs.

More details can be found at the Center for Parent Information and Resources Website:   https://www.parentcenterhub.org/present-levels/  
As well as in the Idaho IEP Guidance Handbook:   https://www.sde.idaho.gov/…/The-Idaho-IEP-Guidance-Handbook…
Coming October 19: Portneuf Trunk or Treat
Flyer for the event
Special Needs
Trunk or Treat
and Carnival

Saturday, October 19
4-6 PM

Portneuf District Library
5210 Stuart, Chubbuck

Call 208.237.2192 for more info

Lots of candy alternatives for those with dietary restrictions

Come Work At IPUL!
We are hiring!

Parent Education Coordinator - Boise Office

Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc., an 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: Strong knowledge of and experience with Idaho Special Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

- Must be comfortable with making presentations and public speaking.
- Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of health care/medical/insurance/Medicaid policies for children with special health care needs.
- Must have an understanding of family-centered care, family-engagement, and the importance of parent and professional collaboration.
- Must be highly resourceful.
- Must be professional and have an understanding of privacy laws and ethical guidelines.

- Additional helpful skills: Knowledge of community resources and/or experience with arts education and accessibility.

- Bilingual a plus

- Must be a resident in the State of Idaho
- This position will be working from our Boise office

While the general position hours are set between 9-5 on weekdays, due to training workshops, the position requires flexibility and will include evenings, weekends, and extensive travel both in-state and out-of-state.

Approximately 30-40 hours per week / $13-14.00 per hour. DOE.

Please email your resume to jobs@ipulidaho.org
Please no phone calls.
Parents of children with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply

September Tour - Taking place next week!
Weiser & Payette Sept. 16,
Twin Falls & Kimberly Sept 17
Three Rivers Tour
Weiser & Payette, Idaho
Conversation & Collaboration Tour

Meet up with Idaho Parents Unlimited staff for conversation and collaboration about your child's IEP, healthcare, or if you just want someone to brainstorm with you about anything related to health or special education. 
Schedule your personal 30 minute session by using the following link

Weiser, ID
Monday, September 16, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Weiser Public Library
621 E. 1st Street Weiser, Id 83672

Payette, ID
Monday, September 16, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Payette Public Library
24 S. 10th St. Payette, Id 83661

Magic Valley Visits
Twin Falls & Kimberly, Idaho  Conversation & Collaboration Tour

Meet up with Idaho Parents Unlimited staff for conversation and collaboration about your child's IEP, healthcare, or if you just want someone to brainstorm with you about anything related to health or special education. 
Schedule your personal 30 minute session by using the following link

Twin Falls, ID
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Twin Falls Public Library
201 4th Ave. E Twin Falls, ID 83301

Kimberly, ID
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
5-7 pm (light dinner provided)
Centennial Park
325 Madison St. E. Kimberly, ID  

Boise and Couer d'Alene
posters for work of art fall 2019

Pre-employment skills development for students with a disability, ages 16-21. Made possible by a contract through the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Get paid to work with a professional artist while learning job readiness skills.  Please plan to attend all sessions.
Work of Art for Boise 

For Work Of Art taking place: 
October 16 - November 9. 2019

Idaho Parents Unlimited
4619 Emerald, Ste. E Boise, ID

Work of Art for Coeur d'Alene  

For Work Of Art taking place: 
October 9 - October 26. 2019
Human Rights Education Institute 
414 W Fort Grounds dr. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Statewide Training for October - Bullying Prevention: Cyber Safety & Students with Disabilities
event flyer
This presentation is designed to introduce parents, youth, and professionals to a range of intervention strategies for the child who is the target of bullying. The discussion will lead to information about online safety and popular apps that parents, teachers, and youth need to be aware of.
  Wednesday, October 9, 2019
 10:00 -11:00 a.m.
 and again  
6:00-7:00 p.m. 

 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