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Idaho Parents Unlimited Inc

Resources and Partners

Idaho Parents Unlimited trains families on a number of topics important to families who have wee ones to grown ones and everywhere in between. Take a look at the following list of workshops we have to offer.  Check our calendar to see if we have what you're looking for either at an upcoming face to face training or through an online webinar.  If you don't see what you're looking for, let us know. We can offer trainings upon request at any time! 


Idaho Parents Unlimited Curriculum 2013: 

1.Parent Support Group Training- In collaboration with our supporting agencies we have created this workshop to aide parents to start, conduct, and maintain a parent support group that is right for your group of parents.

2.Building a Legacy – IDEA- Learn Special Education process as defined under (IDEA) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.                               

3.Is Your Child the Target of Bullying? Intervention Strategies for Parents of Children with Disabilities - This workshop is designed to introduce parents and professionals to a range of intervention strategies for the child who is the target of bullying. Things that can be used by the parent, child, family and school.*

4.Getting and Keeping the First Job – Participants will learn about the importance of employment for all and its particular impact on people with disabilities. The critical role of families and engaging youth in career planning as well as maintaining high expectations of youth are included. Basic job search activities as well as skills that help youth with disabilities keep the jobs they get.* 

5.IDEA and Special Education: A Parent’s Toolbox – Learn the steps in the Special Education process and the six guiding principles of IDEA

6.Success with IEP – Learn how to put this communication vehicle to work for your student and how to write meaningful goals.*

7. Skills For Effective Parent Advocacy – Parents will understand what “advocacy” means, learn the skills necessary to be an effective advocate and what additional resources they may need and where to go for more information.*

8.Working for Change- the Power of a Personal Story – Learn what advocacy is and why it is important, why changing systems is important, how to craft an effective personal story tied to an issue and who can be influenced to make systems changes.*

9.Legal Life Planning After 18 - Learn the different options for guardianship including conservatorship, power of attorney, and a special needs trust. Not intended as Legal Advice.*

10.The Journey to Adulthood -  What Parents Need to Know (Sexuality) – Parents will learn basic information they can use to help their child with a disability understand the physical, emotional, and social changes of puberty and adolescence*

11.Fostering Parent and Professional Collaboration: Partnership Strategies -  Because of the different strengths parents and professionals bring to collaboration, there are different actions each can take to make the relationship more productive. This workshop will discuss what both parents and professionals can do to strengthen these relationships.

12.Parent and Professional Collaboration: A Cultural Perspective - Learn about cultural differences and values and what parents from different cultures want from professionals. 

13.Families Are Important – An Early Childhood Curriculum Introduction: This workshop will give an overview of Early Intervention Services, Screeningevaluation, the Individualized Family Service Plan Process, and child and family outcomes.* 

14.From IFSP to IEP: Early Childhood Transition – Prepare for transition from an Individualized Family Service Plan to an Individualized Education Plan at age three and learn the differences between the two plans.*

15.Understanding Learning Disabilities – Learn about the different learning disabilities as well as supports and services for them.*

16.Understanding ADHD- Learn the signs, types and treatments of ADHD, how it is diagnosed as well as ways to work with educators.* 

17.Positive Behavior Interventions – Understand more about children’s behaviors, functional behavior assessments, and behavior interventions.*

Solving the Employment Puzzle – To prepare youth for transitioning from school to employment. It includes helpful information to be considered in the IEP as part of transition plan, which should occur by age 16.

19.Literacy is for All – New thinking about literacy for children with severe disabilities. Parents learn how to help their children with severe disabilities gain literacy skills.

20.Home Files – Get organized!  Parents learn how to set up and maintain a filing system for their children with disabilities and special health care needs. This short workshop is usually offered along with another workshop of your choice.

21.What is a Medical Home – Learn about the patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated approach to health care for children and youth with special health care needs. Participants will be given tools to identify their particular needs and how to talk with their child’s providers to ensure a system of coordinated care.*

Planning for a Healthy Transition – Preparing youth for transitioning to adulthood with a goal of independent healthcare management.

23.Parent Health Mentor Development – Parents learn the importance of a grassroots system of support and mentoring within their own communities. Parent Health Mentors may be parents who have specialized knowledge of specific health conditions and/or are able to provide support to a family including attending an appointment with them.

24.Parent IEP Advocate Development – Similar to the Parent Health Mentor Development, parents will be given information and tools to allow them to assist with other parents in their own communities who may be looking for additional support and understanding of the IEP process.

25.What is Idaho Parents Unlimited and Resources for Parents – This workshop gives parents a list of internet websites that, when contacted, contain numerous and invaluable resources pertaining to many children’s issues. Such issues may relate to disabilities, education, day care, health facilities, behavior, etc. *  

*Italicized workshops are also available in Spanish.

RTI Memo

From: The Office of Special Education Programs
To: The State Directors of Special Education
Subject: A Response to Intervention (RTI) Process Cannot Be Used to Delay-Deny an Evaluation for Eligibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IPUL Publications

Publications for Artist

Artist Master Aprrentice Tool Kit (.doc) 

Health Resources 

Adaptive Recreation, Boise Parks & Recreation
American Academy of Pediatrics
Arc Chapter
Assistive Technology Project, Idaho
Brain Injury Association
Center for Medicaid Services (CMS)
Center on Disabilities and Human Development - University of Idaho
Children's Hospitals (some states will not have one)
Children's Mental Health
Cystic Fibrosis - Organizations and Clinics
Dental Care
Department of Insurance
Down Syndrome
Early Intervention - NECTAC
Epilepsy Foundation
Family Voices
Federal Legislators
Genetic Counselors
Governors' Committees on Employment of People
Idaho Children's Special Health Program
Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities
Idaho Newborn Screening Programs
Idaho Developmental Disabilities Program
Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Idaho Medicaid Program
Idaho Special Education
Juvenile Justice and Youth with Disabilities
State Independent Living Council
National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)National Organization for Rare Disorders
Newborn Screening Programs
People First / Self- Determination Organizations
PND - Pediatric Neurotransmitter Diseases
PKU - Phenylketonuria
PTI - Parent Training and Information Center
Sickle Cell
Idaho Special Olympics
Spina Bifida
State Department of Insurance/Insuranc
e Commissioner
State Independent Living Council
State NAMI Chapter (Nation Organization of the Mentally IllState of Idaho
State Legislature Links
Stone Soup Group of Alaska
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities - New Legislation
University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
VSA Arts
Western States Genetic Services Collaborative

National Websites

National Council on Disability
Western Regional Resource Center
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
PACER Center
Follow this link to to register to receive personalized information from the U.S. Department of Education.

http://www.ssdrc.com/ - The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website (www.ssdrc.com) provides answers to questions concerning how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants filing for either SSD (social security disability) or SSI (supplemental security income) benefits.

State Websites

http://www.helpingidahofamilies.com/, a website designed to assist local families with their children's health concerns.
Idaho Families of Adults with DisAbilities
Idaho Legal Aid
Idaho State Library
DisAbility Rights Idaho
Idaho Assistive Technology Project
The Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities
Special Education and Medicaid
Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Wrights Law Yellow Pages for Idaho
Idaho Training Clearing House
Idaho Division of Special Education 
Idaho National Guard Family Programs

Assistive technology assistance is available for help creating an Individual Education Plan (IEP) covering the needs of students with disabilities.  You'll need to submit an application to receive assistance during the evaluation, assessment and initial follow-up of a student being considered for a device or service.  Contact Michelle Doty at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or visit www.educ.uidaho.edu/idatech




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