IPUL's Social Media Recap: July 5, 2019
Idaho Parents Unlimited will be closed to normal business from July 4 through July 10, 2019. We are closing for the Holiday July 4 and 5, and will be participating in our yearly staff planning for the next year on the 8th, 9th, and 10th.
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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We are currently working on improving our times / methods of delivering our monthly trainings, and want to know what would work best for you.

Please take a moment to answer this three question survey - thank you :)

While you are in the Survey Taking mood...
We are also sharing this survey from our Partners at the Idaho Federation of Families for children's mental health - This is a survey about Idaho's new children's mental health system of care known as YES - Youth Empowerment Services.

The Idaho Federation of Families is interested in getting a snapshot about parent/caregiver experiences.  Thanks for your time. Your survey responses will be strictly confidential.

A Story From One of Our Residencies 
We shared this on our facebook page, but wanted to put this in a more permanent location: 
Our artist in residency, Jessie Nilo, in partnership and funded by, Idaho Parents Unlimited at the Southwest Idaho juvenile Detention Center.
“You’re coming back here on the Fourth of July? On a holiday?” the young man in the jump suit asked, his eyes searching my face as he looked up from his colored pencil drawing. He sounded perplexed. I was collecting their artwork and explaining we’ll continue our drawings next time. Earlier in the same session I had sternly made this same kid change his drawing, reminding him: No gang imagery, no gang colors. He had complied without argument.
“Yes,” I answered. “I’ll be here again Thursday with our supplies, and we’ll continue where we left off.”
“But why? Aren’t you off on the 4th?”
“I decided not to take the day off. I want to be here.”
“But why?” he asked sincerely. “Why would someone choose to be here? This place is so ... sad. And dull. Why would you want to be stuck inside here on your day off?”
“Because I care about you guys,” I answered matter-of-factly.
His eyes lowered quickly and he seemed to grapple emotionally with my words. There was not a sound in the classroom. I could feel all 13 inmates listening. These are fifteen-to seventeen-year-olds kids incarcerated for assault, battery, rape, theft, murder.
“Look. I know this class brings you guys a little peace and relaxation in your day, and you’re making amazing things, really amazing. I always have fun teaching art. So yeah. I’ll be here again this Thursday. Looking forward to it. You all did good work today, and I love your imaginations, every one of you. We’ll see you next time.”
I heard spontaneous applause escape from a few pairs of hands. Aww! That was new. 🙂
The guards called them over one row at a time, and had them line up at the classroom door, hands clasped obediently behind their backs. “Thank you,” a number of kids whispered to me over their shoulder before walking out of the classroom.
I smiled and waved acknowledgement.
Gah. My heart is full, and I’m kind of a broken mess now, at the same time.

Reminder - Coming at the end of July
Parents in N. Idaho - be sure to get registered for the upcoming respite summit. We want to have a rich discussion about caregiver needs and respite in all of our communities. To register go to: https://arch.wildapricot.org/event-3422904

Also, if you need a stipend for childcare to attend, please contact us at IPUL to help with that. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Now updated with the actual agenda for the event.
event flyer

Idaho Caregiver Alliance

July 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
North Idaho College
1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

"Respite is a fancy name for a break for caregivers." (WebMD)

Do you:
• Coordinate services for your child with disabilities/special needs?
• Make phone calls to check in on an older loved one?
• Drive a family member or friend to doctors appointments?
• Help someone manage their medications?
• Provide for grandchildren in the absence of parents?
• Help someone with household chores or making meals?
• Help someone make healthcare decisions?

Come join us and share your story. 

This event is FREE
(Preregistration is required) 
To register go to:

Email questions to:

Light breakfast and lunch provided

Brought to you by the Idaho Caregiver Alliance - a consortium of state, regional and local governmental, private and non-profit organizations and individuals working together to improve community-based supports for family caregivers who care for people of all ages; and ARCH - the National Respite Network and Lifespan Respite Resource Center. Many thanks to these Alliance members and event hosts for their generous support -- AARP Idaho, Boise State University, ARCH National Respite Network, Idaho Commission on Aging, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Molina Healthcare, and Blue Cross of Idaho
Caregiving in Idaho: Lifespan Respite Summit
July 30, 2019
North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene
Building on bold ideas for caregiver respite 
and support across the lifespan

8:00 am   Registration and light Breakfast
8:30 am   Welcome and Introduction
   Dr. Sarah Toevs, Director, Center for the Study of Aging, Boise State University
   Judy Taylor, Administrator, Idaho Commission on Aging
8:40 am   Respite from a Caregiver Perspective
   Peggy Gunther, Marri Sams, Pat Ferriola
9:30 am  Current state of Respite in Idaho
   Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Idaho Commission on Aging
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Telling your story 
   Casandra Firman, Senior ARCH Staff, ARCH National Respite Network
   Angela Lindig, Executive Director, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Family Voices State Affiliate
11:45 am Lunch and Learn
   AARP Idaho, Regence, Blue Cross, IPUL, Molina, Kootenai Health, Syringa 
12:50 pm Lifespan Respite: Building and Sustaining Best Practices
   Cassandra Firman, ARCH National Lifespan Respite Resource Center
1:20 pm   1-2-4 All: Individual steps I can take to increase respite and other 
   supports for caregivers—ICA Team
1:50 pm   Break
2:05 pm   Crowd sourcing: Big ideas to enhance respite in Idaho—ICA Team
2:35 pm   Top 10 crowd sourcing ideas into action—ICA Team
3:20 pm  Next steps
   Dr. Sarah Toevs
3:30 pm   Adjourn
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Upcoming Statewide Trainings
Due to changes in our workshop delivery that we made in January, we will not be hosting our scheduled July parent meet up.

Beginning in August, we are going to try some changes to make it easier for you to attend our trainings.

For August, September, and October we will be presenting two trainings on the same day, The first at Noon, the second at 6:00 p.m.

Each of these trainings will happen live from our Boise office - you are welcome to attend in person if you are in the area. We will also be broadcasting each session live via our webinar platform for anyone who finds it more convenient to attend remotely, as well.

In August we will be bringing you our IEP Basics training to prepare you for the coming school year. In September, our training will be on the Strength-Based IEP process. October will bring our Journey to Adulthood training with an added focus on bullying prevention.

Look for the registration links on our website and via Facebook for the August trainings next week.
IPUL's Webinar Library:
Just a reminder that we have changed how we present our webinars - rather than a live webinar, are now releasing a series of shorter, prerecorded modules on the same topic as our statewide training. The idea being that once we put them up, they will remain available for anyone to register to see and watch at their leisure.

You can find them here on our website: