IPUL's Social Media Recap: March 29, 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.
A Call for Artwork: What Family Means to You.
Two young girls make art

What comes to mind when you think of what family means to you? Show us! Children with disabilities from around the world are invited to share their original artwork for an online exhibition: Yo soy...Je suis...I am...My Family
The deadline to submit artwork for the online exhibition is June 5.
For more information and to submit artwork visit: http://ow.ly/Xd2S50m6iwd
Boise Area: Prescription Drug Take Back and Free Shred Day
We shared this news for our Boise area families.

Prescription Drug Take Back and Free Shred Day
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Blue Cross of Idaho 
3000 E. Pine Ave.
Meridian,ID 83642

Boise Area: Week of the Young Child Celebration
Week of the Young Child
Music & Fun
Idaho Botannical Garden
Saturday, April 20, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Join us for a family-friendly outdoor celebration! This FREE event focus on connecting you with quality community resources for young children. Enjoy live music and performances on our celebration stage;

Community Resources
Learn about early literacy, summer camps, fire safety, child care, healthy eating, and much more! 

Try new gymnastic moves, learn how to cast a fishing line, play musical instruments, and much more! 

FREE Family Admission
Week of the Young Child Celebration
Idaho Botanical Garden | 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd
Saturday, April 20, 11 am - 3 pm
House Bill 277 Held in Committee
We first shared news of a hearing happening later in the week on House Bill 277, which would have been a partial repeal of Medicaid expansion. That news was followed up by the news that HB 277, after that hearing, was defeated. You can read more about it at this link
News about Special Olympics
In the same vein and on a more national stage this week, we reported first about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos discussing her plan to cut all Special Olympics funding from the Education Dept budget

April Trainings from Children's DD Services
We are happy to pass along news on upcoming trainings taking place in April from the Children's DD Services.
These are links to trainings that are intended for to help families and support brokers learn about the changes coming to children's DD services.

For a list of trainings for parents on the Traditional support pathway, click here .

For a list of trainings for parents on the Family-Directed Supports pathway, click here.
For a list of trainings for Support Brokers, click here .

For a comprehensive list of their april trainings and more information in general, click here
We want you to update your preferences!
the words update profile are highlighted  you can find this at the bottom of this page
You can now tune your email preferences! We want to be sure you are getting the mail from us that matters to you.

Currently if you are on our mailing list (and if you are reading this, you are) you are getting everything we send out... However we know that not everyone wants to see everything we send out, so we are making it easy to tune your preferences.

If you scroll to the very bottom of this mailing you will find a link that says "update profile" clicking this will launch a page where you can update your information, and choose what mailings you will receive from us in the future.

You will be able to deselect or select to be on the newsletter list, the social media update list, or the announcements list.

If you are happy with getting everything, then you don't have to do anything, you are all set. But should you want to adjust what we send you, that is now possible.
Legislative Agenda Information
We've pinned this post to the top of our Facebook page:

There are a lot of things happening at the Idaho Legislature each day that they are in session (typically from January through March.) Did you know that you can access the daily agendas on their website? You can also listen into the committee hearings that stream live. Idaho Parents Unlimited pays close attention to the House and Senate Health and Welfare and Education committees but you may interested in hearing about agencies, proposed rule changes, and other legislative action as well. With busy schedules and proximity - not everyone lives in the Treasure Valley - shocking! - this is a great way to stay on top of things no matter where you are. Daily agendas are found here:  https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/agenda/

Live streaming of hearings are found here:   http://idahoptv.org/insession/leg.cfm
IPUL's upcoming statewide trainings:
Next statewide training:
April Statewide Training: 
Success With the IEP
Broadcast Live from the Boise office and interactive statewide via webinar platform.
Success With the IEP 
Wednesday, March 10, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 pm MT

This training will provide information and resources on special education and related services. This interactive workshop will give parents the tools needed to understand the IEP process from eligibility to transition to adulthood and effectively advocate for their child.

Again, we welcome people who want to attend the training in person at our Boise office. (Please plan to be in the office at least by 5:20 p.m.)  People attending remotely via our simulcast webinar will only need to have a modern web browser to attend. (And you can do that via computer, smartphone, or tablet) 

You will receive a confirmation email that will have a link to the livestream.
IPUL's Webinar Library:
Just a reminder that we have changed how we present our webinars - rather than a live webinar, will be 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: