IPUL's E-News: September 27, 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.
We Were at the Sherman Better Block Party!
Cait Christensen from IPUL's Board of Directors and our awesome parent Brianna Iversen were at the Park(ing) It on Sherman Better Block Party in Coeur d'Alene last week, promoting an IPUL Pop-Up event, exclusively for youth called My Game of LIFE: A Unique Journey.

The October event is an interactive game, helping youth with disabilities navigate the journey to life after high school and into adulthood.

They went live on our Facebook Page, you can see the video by clicking the image below or right here.
And a little later they followed up with:

Votes were counted and it was close... Unfortunately we didn't win the $1,500 on the spot grant but we made some amazing connections within the Coeur d'Alene community. Our event is still on and we are excited to share it with you!!!

Stay tuned for more information about the "MY game of LIFE: A Unique Journey" event happening next month in Coeur d'Alene.

Tuesday October 15,2019
Harding Center Gym
Mark your calendars!
Idaho children with mental illness have to be sent out of state for treatment. Here’s why
We shared this really excellent, and in-depth story from the Idaho Statesman.

"When Tricia Ellinger adopted Matthew, her oldest son, at age 2, she never thought that at age 8 he would be living half a continent away from their home in Emmett. ...

... Hundreds of beleaguered parents of children with serious emotional and mental health needs have found that Idaho has no place for their children to go for residential psychiatric care, so the only options are out of state."

A Call to Action: Help Fully Fund IDEA
We wanted to raise awareness of this campaign to have Congress fully fund (up to the 40% of costs that was initially promised) the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

There are currently three Bills in Congress that would fully fund the IDEA if passed, HR 2315, S 1172, and HR 1878.

We started by sharing a tweet about this, then linked directly to the page from NEA.ORG that explains what the stakes are in detail:

full information link
LINC's Youth Program Open House
Youth Transition Program Open House
We are passing along this information from our friends at LINC. Remember if you have an event and would like us to pass the information along, please send it to us at parents@ipulidaho.org
Youth Transition Program
Open House
Thursday October 3, 2019
5:30-6:15 – Meet & mingle with refreshments
6:15 -7:00 – Learn about the Youth Transition Program
1878 W. Overland Rd. Boise, ID 83705

For all youth ages 16 – 26, exciting things to come!

Mission Statement        
Youth driven program, focused on empowerment through encouraging equality and creativity. Aim to have each youth be inspired; educated, and encouraged through programs and events - Have a place where they can learn about their abilities and opportunities.
Comedy Fundraiser Benefiting LINC

100% of the ticket sales go to LINC - Idaho's Youth Transition Program. This program is aimed at helping youth with and without disabilities gain the skills needed to live independently as they enter adulthood 

10/1 8pm $15

A Comedy benefit show AT RAMAPONG

South Meridian YMCA: Sensory Adventure Night
3rd Saturday every month
4:30–7:30pm | FREE
South Meridian YMCA | Family Adventure Zone
5155 S Hillsdale Ave

Come play in our Family Adventure Zone (FAZ)! Every third Saturday evening, the FAZ will be reserved for all members of the public, along with their care givers and other family members, who find themselves with sensory and other needs.

Sized for adults and kids, our FAZ is a massive play place that is fun and energizing for all ages. 

Quiet space provided.
Supervision is required.

For more information or a sensory tour, please contact Emilee Bell at emilee.bell@ymcatvidaho.org or 208 331 9622 ext 506.

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

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