IPUL's E-News: January 17, 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 Closed for Martin Luther King Day
Our offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 for the observance of Martin Luther King day. We will be back open on January 21.
We Want Your News and Events!

If you have news, information or upcoming events in your town 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.
Idaho Parents Unlimited is 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, and a knowledge of social media. 
- 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.

- 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

Governor Little Calls For Mental Health Funding in Education Budget
BOISE — Educators often have to get money for mental health resources and training from other areas of funding. Governor Little wants that to change and have it come from one designated place.

"We know kids are coming to school nowadays with trauma-induced situations in their lives, and we want to help them be successful in the classroom," said superintendent Sherri Ybarra.

At his State of the State address, governor little spoke about allotting mental health resources and training for educators.

"My budget provides teachers additional training and resources so they can
identify and better serve students facing trauma and mental illness, giving parents peace of mind when they send their children to school each day," said Little.

Thanks to All Who Attended the All Abilities Yoga Class at JUMP
everyone who attended the yoga class at JUMP
Thank you to everyone who came out last night to inclusive yoga. Way to show our community that representation and accessibility have a role in Boise cultural landscape! One Stone students spearheaded this event and partnered with yogafort, and yogis Ali Landers and Ken Lewis.
We were at Fred Riggers Disability Awareness Day
Angela Tripp Lindig and  Jennifer Makres Zielinski  advocating for disability rights and awareness this legislative session at the Idaho State Capital on Fred Riggers Disability Awareness Day.

. .. "“The Consortium of Idahoans (with Disabilities) come together every year and spend time looking into what polices to ensure (legislators) are working for people with disabilities, said Jennifer Zielinski, board chair of the Consortium of Idahoans. “We look at things that would hinder and create setbacks and at what needs a stronger voice to say ‘no’ and people stand up to it.”

Boise Area: Take the Special Olympics Idaho SW Penguin Plunge!
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 12 PM – 3 PM
Eagle, Idaho

BREAK OUT OF YOUR SHELL and take the plunge for the athletes of Special Olympics Idaho on April 11, 2020, at Eagle Island State Park, Eagle, Idaho. By taking the Plunge, you can help raise money and awareness for our Special Olympics Idaho athletes! Without the generous support or our community, Special Olympics Idaho would not be possible for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Join us as we create communities of acceptance and inclusion for all! Register today! Too chicken to plunge? That's okay! You can still support Special Olympics Idaho by making a secure donation online here by clicking on "Donate" on the First Giving ticket link.

A Work of Art - Information and Registration for Three Upcoming Sessions
2020 is starting off strong with our Work of Art program - we have 3 upcoming sessions - One in Boise, one in Coeur d'Alene, and one in Moscow!

For full information and links to the registration pages, click the links below, and you will be taken to our website.
Work of art flyer for CDA 2020 Winter
Work of art Flyer for Boise 2020 Winter
Work of art spring 2020 moscow
Parent Leadership Development 2020
Bear Lake
Parent Leadership Development Promo
Idaho Parents Unlimited are happy to announce that we are opening applications for our Parent Leadership Development for 2020.  

This is an intensive five-day training for Idaho parents of children with disabilities in which parents and IPUL staff stay together in a retreat-type setting, taking place April 20-24, 2020.

This training takes place in a different region of the state each year to develop strong community leaders. This year we are holding it in Bear Lake. 

It is important to note that this is an application - not a registration - and Parent Leadership Development is for a maximum of 12 parents. 

If you are interested in applying please complete the form linked below and Idaho Parents Unlimited will contact you for an interview. 

 Statewide Training for February - 
Understanding Idaho Medicaid and Navigating Systems
February 2020 training  flyer
If you are wandering the often confusing back roads and byways of the Idaho Medicaid system, IPUL is here to help you out. Come join us for Understanding Idaho Medicaid and Navigating Systems - we are here to be your maps app!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
 10:00 -11:00 a.m. MST 
And Recorded for Future Viewing

Note that we are moving back to a single live session for this training!

 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