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Idaho Parents Unlimited Inc

Welcome To Idaho Parents Unlimited

IPUL is back on a roll in February 


5th Annual Virtual Snow Day is here!

Click here to donate and be entered into a drawing!

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For Families: 

Family Care Giver Conference 

Friends in Action, in partnership with Boise State University and Idaho Parents Unlimited, is excited to announce the 5th Annual Family Caregiver Conference! Saturday, February 20th, 2016. Registration is $30 per person and includes the Conference, Resource Expo, Lunch and Parking.


Friends in Action, in partnership with Boise State University and Idaho Parents Unlimited, is excited to announce the 5th Annual Family Caregiver Conference! Saturday, February 20th, 2016, Boise State University's Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom (1700 W. University Drive, Boise).


8:00 – 9:00 am Registration, Coffee, Resource Expo

9:00 am Program Begins

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch and Resource Expo

4:00 pm Adjourn

Premier Presentations, Jordan Ballroom (held at various times throughout the day and attended by all Conference participants):

Moving Conversation to Action through Telehealth Technology

Having the Conversation When it’s Time to Change Course

Share the Care — Creating a Caregiver Support Team

Breakout Presentations, Simplot Rooms (participants will select one to attend in the morning and one in the afternoon):

Diagnosis: Now What?

Maximizing Public Benefits for Long Term Care Throughout a Loved One’s Life

An Idaho Resource Map

Making Health Care Personal — Palliative Care for the Seriously Ill and Those Who Care for Them

 Registration is now open!

Click here to register. 


For Youth:

2016 Tools For Life: Secondary Transition and Assistive Technology Fair

Tools for Life is for transitioning youth with disabilities and all who support them. Attendees include educators, special educators, therapists, counselors, service providers, job developers, other rehabilitation specialists, and especially high school students with disabilities and their families. 

The theme of the 2016 Tools for life Fair is Making Assistive Technology Work For You! Throughout the two-day event, there will be keynote speakers and presentation around employment, assistive technology, post-secondary education, and self-advocacy/self-direction. An Exhibit Hall will be open both days, from 9 am to 4 pm to allow agencies and vendors the opportunity to promote their organizations, share resources, and showcase their products. 

For additional information click here

For attendee registration click here

For Parents:

Idaho Parents Unlimited's Parent Leadership Development 

May 9-13th - McCall, Idaho: Click here to fill out an interest form.

Parent leadership Development training builds on a small but growing body of research that documents the efficiency of involving parents and other family members in all aspects of planning, delivering, and evaluating early care and intervention services. There is consensus in the early intervention file that families should be considered essential advisors in public policy, research, personal preparation, and program development as well as partners in all aspects of their children’s care and education. Here’s why:

- Families have authentic experiences to share and fresh insights about their children. By offering their perspectives, parents can raise awareness of professionals in the field about critical issues affecting all the children and families they serve.

- As consumers, families are in the best position to judge the manner in which services are delivered and the extent to which services address their priorities and concerns. Parents are often aware of problems in service systems with which professionals have become accustomed.

- Families of young children with disabilities are constantly required to adapt, to find solutions among resources that are sometimes limited, and thus, their observations and ideas can be powerful tools for improving the quality of services.

The Parent Leadership Development Project offers parents of young children (birth-9 years) with disabilities training to help them develop their leadership skills.  Our goals are to build on each parent’s interests and needs, to build strong community leaders, and to develop key partners in IPUL’s grassroots network of community leaders. 

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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, and VSA Idaho, the State Organization on Arts and Disability. 

The Parent Training and Information Center ensures that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information on their rights, responsibilities, and protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in order to develop the skills necessary to cooperatively and effectively participate in planning and decision making relating to early intervention, educational, and transitional services.

As the State Family Voices Affiliate and the Family to Family Health Information Center, IPUL assists families in making informed choices about health care; provides training, information and resources to families of children with special health care needs.

VSA Idaho empowers and engage people with disabilities in the creative process through opportunities which are fully inclusive, educational and participatory. VSA Idaho creates opportunities by providing professional training and workshops, developing state initiated projects and implementing successful national programs. VSA Idaho in cooperation with funding through various sources such as the State Department of Education and the Idaho Commission on the Arts provide opportunities for artists to work alongside teachers providing quality arts education to students with disabilities throughout the state.

Idaho Parents Unlimited's programs fulfill a mission to educate, empower, support and advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families.      

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