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The Parent Network
October 2018
Mission: Idaho Parents Unlimited supports, empowers, educates and advocates to enhance the quality of life for Idahoans with disabilities and their families.
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Upcoming Events
*Includes non-IPUL community events
Idaho Parents Unlimited Free Monthly Statewide Workshop/Webinar Series:
October: Bullying Prevention
In-Person: Second Wednesday of each month
Webinars: Last Tuesday of each month
Webinar: Bullying Prevention
Date: October 30, 2018
Time: 11:00 am. MST
Locations: Webinar
Visit Idaho Parents Unlimited events calendar for location details and registration at:
*The Green Apple Project Autism Support Group:
Date: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 1630 23rd Ave, Suite 501, Lewiston, ID 83501
(Free childcare available)
*Safe Infant Sleep Class - Statewide Monthly Classes:
Date: Second Thursday of each month
Time: 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
Location: Ada County Paramedics - 370 N. Benjamin Lane Boise, ID 83704

Date: Second Thursday of each month
Time: 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Location: West Valley Medical Center Indian Creek Room - 1717 Arlington Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605
*Coeur d'Alene
Date: Third Thursday of each month
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Heritage Health - 1090 West Place Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Register at   - Attendees will receive a Halo Sleep Sack at no charge
* Idaho Falls Parent Support Group :
Date : Third Thursday of each month
Time : 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location : Rehabilitative Health Services - 1675 Curlew Dr, Ammon, ID 83406
*Madison Cares Autism Parenting Support Group:
Date: Third Thursday of each month
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Madison Education Center - 60 W Main, Rexburg, ID 83440
Contact Deb Allen 208-359-3300 Ext. 3426
*Pocatello Parent Support Group:
Date: Second Wednesday of each month
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fifth Street Bagelry - 559 S 5th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201
Join the Pocatello Support Group on Facebook for more details:
*Mom's Like Us Parent Support Group:
Date: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Kootenai Medical Center MRI Conference Room - 2003 Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Contact Janell Woods at 208-818-3192 for details
*Band Together Parent Support Group:
Meeting information can be found monthly at:  
Location : 1420 South Blaine St., Moscow, ID 83843

*Parents Reaching Out to Parents Support Group:
Date: Every Wednesday of Each Month
Time: Noon-2:00 p.m.
Location: Christ the King Lutheran Church 1700 Pennsylvania Ave., Coeur d’ Alene 83814
Contact: Kathy at 208-755-1844

*Courageous Kids Climbing :
Contact Jeff at: for locations and details
*Idaho Special Olympics:
For details, contact: 1-800-915-6510 or visit:  
*CDA KROC Center Activities in North Idaho:
Program scholarships are available.

*Visit your local library for upcoming events in your area:
Parent Training and Information Center - IDEA Part D

We live in a time of technology, fast-paced, instant knowledge and anything we need know or want at the touch of a button or click of a mouse. Advances in technology over the last few decades has made it possible for all to have access to living a life of independence. Our students and children who have communication and or mobility challenges are able to use technology to aid in school, daily living and community involvement.  

Access to these tools and aids should also come with a conversation about how to safely use them and to be vigilant about the increased possible vulnerability and abuse. In conjunction with October being Bullying Awareness month, it is important to remember that bullying can take many forms and with growing technological advances, cyberbullying is a trend that we often see used to harm others, especially our children with disabilities. While technology provides opportunities for our children it does come with risk. Here are a few tips that can be used to create proactive solutions to support responsible use of technology.  

From the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center:

Now that you know bullying online is a real possibility, initiate the conversation. Bullying can be hard for children to talk about with their parents for many reasons. They might be embarrassed by what is happening, afraid that if they tell that it will get worse, or think it is their problem. Online bullying can add additional complications. Many students can recognize bullying when it happens in person, but students might not interpret the mean and hurtful behavior that happens on their computer or cell phone as bullying. Children often think that if they tell their parents they are being cyberbullied, their parent’s first reaction will be to “protect them” by removing their access to technology.

Open the subject for discussion, and tell your child:
“I understand how important it is to communicate with your friends by phone and online.”
“You deserve to be safe from bullying online, just like at school.”
“If something happening online is hurtful to you, it is bullying, and it’s important to tell me about it.”

Set cyber safety rules
You set safety rules for your child in the physical world. Do the same in your child’s cyberworld. Remind your children that they never know who is on the other end of cyber communication. It could be the person they think it is, but because they cannot see that person, they should always proceed with caution in their exchanges.

With that in mind, here are two good guidelines: “Don’t do or say anything online that you wouldn’t do or say in person," and, "Don’t reveal anything online that you wouldn’t tell a stranger.” Specific advice for your child might include:
  • Never give out your email password, a photo, or any personal data, such as a physical description, phone number, or address. A person bullying could use that information to harass you in many ways.
  • Never share too many personal details. For example, if you keep an online diary, someone could use that information to bully or ridicule you.
  • Never share your Instant Messaging (IM) account password with anyone, even your best friend. That friend may share it with others – or the friendship may end – and your private messages could suddenly become public. A cyberbully with your password can sign on, pretend to be you, and behave inappropriately with others to embarrass and humiliate you.
  • Keep social media accounts private and do not “friend” people you do not know.
  • Never respond with “revenge bullying,” as this can lead to a cycle of not only being bullied, but also become someone who bullies.
  • Know what your children are doing online
  • Privacy is important, but safety is more important. As a parent, you have a responsibility to know what your child is doing online. Establish rules about your access to your child’s cell phones, text history, social networking sites, and other accounts they may use for posting information. Make decisions about passwords, how often you will check the accounts, and how inappropriate information will be handled.
  • Keep your child’s computer in an open area, such as the family room, where you can supervise your child’s Internet activity. Decide if there will be limits on access to using technology to communicate with peers, such as no computer or texting after 9 p.m., during meals, or until homework is done.
  • If you do discover that your child is experiencing cyberbullying, document it by printing the emails or web pages, saving electronic copies, and contacting your child’s school or the police.

Family to Family Health Information Center - Idaho Family Voices

Every state is required to have a Family to Family Health Information Center. Here in our state, Idaho Parents Unlimited is the organization to house this program. The purpose of this program is to provide information, resources and technical assistance. Idaho Parents Unlimited is recognized by Family Voices; a national family-lead organization, as the sole organization to house this incredible health resource for the State of Idaho. Idaho Parents Unlimited provides an array of information and resources on anything health related that is specific to children with special health care needs or a disability. 
To learn more about Family Voices, visit:

Traversing Road Construction
When most people think about road construction, slow and delayed traffic often comes to mind. But for people with disabilities, this can create additional challenges and accessibility issues that may not be as apparent. For people who are visually impaired or have limited mobility, navigating sidewalks and crossing the street at road construction sites can involve a lot of pre-planning and coordination in order to navigate these obstacles safely. Furthermore, If construction signs, construction equipment and barriers are not properly placed, this can create additional challenges and safety concerns. KTVB recently ran a story about someone who sometimes faces these challenges in order to raise awareness.

Youth Corner

October is bullying prevention awareness month. At Idaho Parents Unlimited we want to ensure youth understand the definition of bullying. According to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center bullying is defined as: “An intentional behavior that hurts, harms, or humiliates a student, either physically or emotionally, and can happen while at school, in the community, or online. Those bullying often have more social or physical “power,” while those targeted have difficulty stopping the behavior. The behavior is typically repeated, though it can be a one-time incident.” No matter what the definition or the circumstances of the bullying are, it is important to know that bullying is never okay. What have you done when you have seen a peer getting bullied? There are steps you can take when you recognize a bullying situation taking place. These steps include being a friend to the victim of the bullying and notifying an adult of the situation.

Please visit: to watch a video where five high school students read an adaptation of an essay written by a 14-year-old, who shares what it is like to experience bullying and to be misunderstood as he tries to figure life out.  

IPUL’s October Monthly Workshop Series will cover bullying prevention and what to do when you are a target of bullying. This workshop will be held on October 10, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Boise, Pocatello and Coeur d’Alene. You can RSVP to attend here:
Sources and additional resources:

Opportunity for Parents of Children with Disabilities in Idaho to 
Advocate at the Federal Level

There are many changes occurring at the federal level right now that may have an impact on children with disabilities and special health care needs. If these issues concern you and you would be interested in providing feedback to our congressional leaders in Washington, please note their contact information below:
Washington DC Contact information:
Senator Mike Crapo
239 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6142
Fax: (202) 228-1375
Senator James Risch
483 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-2752
Fax: 202-224-2573
Representative Raúl Labrador
1523 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6611
Fax: (202) 225-3029
Representative Mike Simpson
2084 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-5531
Fax: 202-225-8216
Idaho Contact Information / Office locations:
Senator Mike Crapo:
251 E. Front St., Suite 205 
Boise, ID 83702 
Coeur d'Alene :  
610 Hubbard, Suite 209 
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814 
Idaho Falls: 
410 Memorial Dr., Suite 204 
Idaho Falls, ID 83402 
313 'D' St., Suite 105 
Lewiston, ID 83501 
275 S. 5th Ave., Suite 225 
Pocatello, ID 83201 
Twin Falls: 
202 Falls Ave., Suite 2 
Twin Falls, ID 83301 
Senator James Risch:
350 N. 9th St,. Suite 302
Boise, ID 83702
Coeur d'Alene :  
Harbor Plaza
610 Hubbard, Suite 213
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Idaho Falls: 
901 Pier View Drive, Suite 202A
Idaho Falls, ID 8402
313 D. Street, Suite 106
Lewiston, ID 83501
275 South 5th Avenue, Suite 290
Pocatello, ID 83201
Twin Falls:
1411 Falls Avenue East, Suite 201
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Representative Raúl Labrador
Coeur d'Alene:
1250 Ironwood Drive, #241
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Phone:(208) 667-0127
Fax:(208) 667-0310
313 D Street, Suite 107
Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone:(208) 743-1388
Fax:(208) 888-0894
33 E. Broadway Avenue, Suite 251
Meridian, ID 83642
Phone:(208) 888-3188
Fax:(208) 888-0894
Representative Mike Simpson
802 West Bannock, Ste 600
Boise, ID 83702
Idaho Falls:
410 Memorial Drive, Ste 203
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Twin Falls:
1341 Fillmore St. Ste 202
Twin Falls, ID 83301
275 S. 5th Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83201
VSA Idaho - The State Organization on Art and Disability
VSA Idaho's Creative Access programs have been placing teaching artists in public schools statewide for residencies in visual, performing and literary arts for 15 years. Residency sites include grades pre-K–12 as well as community centers. Residencies can occur in general or special education classroom and are tailored to meet the needs of students as well as accommodate teaching schedules. Residencies are provided annually throughout the state, and our teaching artists are all experienced in teaching arts with special populations.

Under a Contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a contract with the State Department of Education, and a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, artists provide high quality art programs to hundreds of students with disabilities throughout the state of Idaho.
VSA Idaho, The State Organization on Arts and Disability, provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increases access to the arts for all. VSA's mission is empowering and engaging people with disabilities in the creative process through opportunities which are fully inclusive, educational, and participatory.

VSA Idaho is member of the VSA Affiliate Network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA is an international organization founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1974. 
To learn more about IPUL's arts programs please contact 

For more about VSA International please visit VSA, The National Organization on Arts and Disability:
Idaho Parents Unlimited Save the Date
 Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc.
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Monthly Workshop and Webinar Series 
2018 - 2019  

bullying prevention flyer

October 2018
Bullying Prevention

Date :
In Person Workshops - Second Wednesday of each month
Webinars - Last Tuesday of each month
Time :
In Person Workshops - 6-9 p.m. in all locations
Webinars- 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time

Locations :
Boise :
4619 E. Emerald Street, Suite E
Boise, Idaho 83642

Pocatello :
A New Hope
300 N. 7 th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho 83201

Coeur d'Alene :
Kootenai Health Center
Heart Health Center Classroom
2003 Kootenai Health Way
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

Registration :
Call - 208-342-5884

IPUL Staff
Angela Lindig , Executive Director
Amy Ireland , North Parent Education Coordinator
Brandi Shaffer , East Parent Education Coordinator
Sarah Tueller , Southwest Parent Education Coordinator
Joe Gonzales , Southwest Parent Education Coordinator
Casey Gordon , Southwest Parent Education Coordinator
Heather Kirk Skinner , Statewide Arts Education Coordinator
Rosario Beagarie , Bilingual Parent Education Coordinator
Candace Garman , Bookkeeper
Bill Nuttycombe , IT Specialist

IPUL Board of Directors:

North :
Lisa Richards Evans
Darci Graves
South Central :
Becky Novak
Southwest :
James Turner
Amber Mausling
Dallas Gudgell
Robert Rhodes
East :
Jared White
Alycia Birch 
Join the IPUL Board of Directors!  
The contents of this electronic newsletter were developed under a Cooperative Agreement from the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education (OSEP) Grant #H328M140020 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Family to Family Health Information Center Grant # H84MC12896. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the either department, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.     
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