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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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    Little girl smelling a flower
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    A student and a teacher
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    Kids attending an art class at IPUL
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    A girl shows off her creation
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    Soundsticks created by kids at an IPUL class
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    Two girls in front of an IPUL display at the Spina Bifida event
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    A boy with a magnifying glass 

What is Idaho Parents Unlimited?

Founded in 1985, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. (IPUL) is a statewide organization which houses the Idaho Parent Training and Information Center, the Family to Family Health Information Center, Idaho Family Voices, the Creative Access Art Center, and VSA Idaho, the State Organization on Arts and Disability.   For more information Click here

CID is looking for feedback regarding Veyo

The Consortium for Idahoans with Disabilities is collecting information regarding issues that people with disabilities (and/or parents of children with disabilities) may be experiencing with non-emergency medical transportation being provided by the new managed care organization Veyo.

CID is sharing these concerns with the Department of Health and Welfare, legislators, and Veyo in an effort to determine what problems may exist and how to provide immediate solutions. 

IPUL's Pop-Up Conference for Families 

Pop up Conference flyer
Ipul is currently planning for a one day "pop-up" confrence for families to be held in Boise on Thursday, June 22nd.  We hope to make it a great experience for entire families, with fun events and good information.  You can click here (or the link above and to the left) to register and express your interest the events.

Here's our conference agenda:

9:00-10:00 – Register, Coffee, Continental Breakfast
10:00 – 10:20 – Welcome – Angela Lindig, Executive Director
10:20 – 11:30 – Family Engagement – From Schools to Community, IPUL Staff; Eggceptional Easter Egg Hunt; Special Needs Trunk or Treat, Special Needs Story Time, Amanda Bowden, Children’s Librarian, Portneuf District Library
11:30 - Noon – Creating a Sensory Diet – Laurie Appel, Occupational Therapist, OTR/L, Founder, The Lotus Tree
Lunch – Keynote – Mathew Jordan, Music Therapist and Teaching Artist, Music Makes Connections
1:00-1:30 – Pop Up Presentation: Using the Arts in Education (and employment skill building) – Amy Nack, Teaching Artist and Owner of Wingtip Press, and Heather Kirk Skinner, IPUL Arts Coordinator
1:30– 2:00 – Pop-Up Presentation:  Reading is for All - Debra Haley-Hughes, Statewide Results Driven Accountability Coordinator, SESTA
2:00-2:30 – Pop Up Presentation: Creating an Inclusive Classroom – Mary Spiker, Kindergarten Teacher & Idaho Teacher of the Year, 2017
2:30-3:00 – Getting Organized – Make and Take – Home Files - IPUL Staff
3:00-3:30 – Conversations with Self-Advocates – Panel
3:30-4:00 – ABLE Act (SILC) and Guardianships and long term planning (Mel Leviton, Executive Director of the Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC), Sean Beck, CK Quade Law)
4:30-5:00 – Focus on Fathers – Panel
5:00 - Closing Plenary – Amber Mausling, Board Chair
Entire Day – Zot Artz
Entire Day –  Quiet space – books, storytelling, coloring, etc.

Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to assist with childcare.  

Finally, If you are a vendor or parent support group, and are interested in having a booth, an ad in the conference program, or presentation time, you can register by clicking here. 


A Work of Art - Pre Employment Skills Development  (Summer 2017) 

This year IPUL is happy to bring back our 'A Work Of Art' program.  Students who attend will be creating an original piece of art under the guidance of a professional teaching artist, learning important work skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and learn problem-solving skills.
This summer's program will be held July 11-13 and 18-20th at IPUL's Boise location.  
A Work of Art poster
Register to attend by clicking the poster above, the link in the menu in the upper left corner, or click right here.

Can you help with a survey? 

The Parent Network is excited to help Idaho parents navigate the new services and supports for children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED) that are coming to the State of Idaho.
As part of our efforts to help the State understand current conditions and the needs of our families, we have put together a survey.
If your child has a mental illness, please take a moment to click on this link and take the survey and then share with your friends. Together our voices are strong!
image of the 2017 May newsletter