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

IPULians on the Road Again

It's going to be a busy couple of weeks for the IPULians.

Idaho Parents Unlimited Parent Education Staff will effectively be out of the office beginning Saturday, July 20, 2019 until August 1, 2019.

For the week of July 21st Staff will be in Washington DC at a Department of Education Summit. The following week Staff will be in North Idaho at the Caregiving in Idaho Lifespan Respite Summit, until Thursday, August 1st.

If you will be trying to reach us in that time for assistance, we recommend using the form on our website.   This link as this will have the best response time.

Calls to the office intake line may not be returned until after we are back in the office in August.

You can always email us individually as well.  

August Statewide Training - 
Special Education: 10 tips for Back To School Success

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Join us for a discussion to prepare you and your child for a positive start to the new school year. Topics will include creating a snapshot of your child, working with new IEP team members, and developing any necessary plans for safety, behavior, emergencies, and more. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  MDT


Graham SLAM 2019

Benefiting Idaho Parents Unlimited and the Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
We are happy to announce that on September 8 and 9, 2019, the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation will hold their annual charity event – Graham Slam – to raise funds to improve children's health and wellness and the development of junior golf across North America.
Graham Slam Logo
logo of IPUL and Idaho Federation of Families for childrens mental health
In 2019, the Foundation will continue its fundraising efforts through the Graham Slam event in their hometown of Boise, ID. The Boise community has been Graham and Ruby's home since they met at Boise State University, and where they have built their lives and family over the past decade.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 | Superhero Soirée | The Club at Spurwing
SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 | Golf | The Club at Spurwing

The Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation Vision:  

Our vision is to foster an environment where children and families that are affected by emotional, behavioural, or mental illnesses are supported, not only in their home, but also in their workplaces, schools, and communities.

Our aim is to help put an end to mental health stigmas through promoting open conversations, where children feel safe to discuss their struggles and feel supported.

In addition, we hope to provide equal opportunity for junior golfers at all stages. We will strive to ensure that no golfer is held back due to lack of funds or resources.


Read more about this exciting upcoming event, or to register as a sponsor, click here: 


A Story From One of Our Residencies 

We shared this on our facebook page, but wanted to put this in a more permanent location: 
Our artist in residency, Jessie Nilo, in partnership and funded by, Idaho Parents Unlimited at the Southwest Idaho juvenile Detention Center.
“You’re coming back here on the Fourth of July? On a holiday?” the young man in the jump suit asked, his eyes searching my face as he looked up from his colored pencil drawing. He sounded perplexed. I was collecting their artwork and explaining we’ll continue our drawings next time. Earlier in the same session I had sternly made this same kid change his drawing, reminding him: No gang imagery, no gang colors. He had complied without argument.
“Yes,” I answered. “I’ll be here again Thursday with our supplies, and we’ll continue where we left off.”
“But why? Aren’t you off on the 4th?”
“I decided not to take the day off. I want to be here.”
“But why?” he asked sincerely. “Why would someone choose to be here? This place is so ... sad. And dull. Why would you want to be stuck inside here on your day off?”
“Because I care about you guys,” I answered matter-of-factly.
His eyes lowered quickly and he seemed to grapple emotionally with my words. There was not a sound in the classroom. I could feel all 13 inmates listening. These are fifteen-to seventeen-year-olds kids incarcerated for assault, battery, rape, theft, murder.
“Look. I know this class brings you guys a little peace and relaxation in your day, and you’re making amazing things, really amazing. I always have fun teaching art. So yeah. I’ll be here again this Thursday. Looking forward to it. You all did good work today, and I love your imaginations, every one of you. We’ll see you next time.”
I heard spontaneous applause escape from a few pairs of hands. Aww! That was new. 🙂
The guards called them over one row at a time, and had them line up at the classroom door, hands clasped obediently behind their backs. “Thank you,” a number of kids whispered to me over their shoulder before walking out of the classroom.
I smiled and waved acknowledgement.
Gah. My heart is full, and I’m kind of a broken mess now, at the same time.



Idaho Caregiver Alliance
July 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
North Idaho College
1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
"Respite is a fancy name for a break for caregivers." (WebMD)
Do you:
• Coordinate services for your child with disabilities/special needs?
• Make phone calls to check in on an older loved one?
• Drive a family member or friend to doctors appointments?
• Help someone manage their medications?
• Provide for grandchildren in the absence of parents?
• Help someone with household chores or making meals?
• Help someone make healthcare decisions?
Come join us and share your story. 
This event is FREE
(Preregistration is required) 
Email questions to:

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Light breakfast and lunch provided
Brought to you by the Idaho Caregiver Alliance - a consortium of state, regional and local governmental, private and non-profit organizations and individuals working together to improve community-based supports for family caregivers
who care for people of all ages; and ARCH - the National Respite Network and Lifespan Respite Resource Center. Many thanks to these Alliance members and event hosts for their generous support --  AARP Idaho, Boise State University, ARCH National Respite Network, Idaho Commission on Aging, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Molina Healthcare, and Blue Cross of Idaho
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Caregiving in Idaho:  Lifespan Respite Summit
July 30, 2019
North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene
Building on bold ideas for caregiver respite 
and support across the lifespan
8:00 am    Registration and light Breakfast
8:30 am    Welcome and Introduction
    Dr. Sarah Toevs, Director, Center for the Study of Aging, Boise State University
    Judy Taylor, Administrator, Idaho Commission on Aging
8:40 am    Respite from a Caregiver Perspective
    Peggy Gunther, Marri Sams, Pat Ferriola
9:30 am     Current state of Respite in Idaho
    Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Idaho Commission on Aging
10:00 am  Break
10:15 am   Telling your story 
    Casandra Firman, Senior ARCH Staff, ARCH National Respite Network
    Angela Lindig, Executive Director, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Family Voices State Affiliate
11:45 am   Lunch and Learn
    AARP Idaho, Regence, Blue Cross, IPUL, Molina, Kootenai Health, Syringa 
12:50 pm  Lifespan Respite: Building and Sustaining Best Practices
    Cassandra Firman, ARCH National Lifespan Respite Resource Center
1:20 pm    1-2-4 All: Individual steps I can take to increase respite and other 
    supports for caregivers
—ICA Team
1:50 pm    Break
2:05 pm    Crowd sourcing: Big ideas to enhance respite in Idaho—ICA Team
2:35 pm    Top 10 crowd sourcing ideas into action—ICA Team
3:20 pm     Next steps
    Dr. Sarah Toevs
3:30 pm    Adjourn



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Maestría en Psicología, Oradora
Profesional, Activista y Actriz de Televisión
¡Tendremos información en español
sobre temas relacionados con
Habrá cuidados de niños
¡La presentación de un invitado
super especial-Mario Calderon!

NAMPA, ID 83687
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Para Información
Llame A:
(208) 908-2327
(208) 703-5470
Este evento esta siendo organizado con el
patrocinio de: ICDD, IPUL, ICCU, CDHD,
Pantera Market, y otros colaboradores.


Donate to Idaho Parents Unlimited! 

IPUL's limited funding and resources allows us to support families who have children and youth with disabilities and complex health conditions throughout the state of Idaho.  
Our programs are historically underfunded, and we are always grateful for individual contributions that support us in our efforts to meet the needs of more families and youth.  
An example of a program with the greatest need is our Work of Art program.  With Work of Art, IPUL partners with local artists and companies to provide paid work experience for students with disabilities who are transitioning from school to the workplace.  
Your contribution will ensure young people with disabilities will have access to meaningful employment skill development, leading to happy, productive, and independent lives.  
Your individual contribution is a direct investment in Idaho's families. 

Idaho Parents Unlimited's Social Media Policy

Hello friends,
IPUL is in the process of updating our social media policies as more and more messages are coming to our organization via digital means. Unfortunately, we find the Facebook inbox and notifications to be somewhat unreliable. This is especially true when there is more than one person serving as a page administrator. Therefore, if you send a message to our FB inbox, you will receive an automatic reply directing you to our website intake form or phone number. We'll do our best to check for messages each day, but we much prefer to use our systems that are currently in place to provide appropriate assistance. 
That said, we have also developed new policies regarding staff and their personal FB pages as well as other social media sites - including personal cell phones (text messaging). Frequently, our staff are tagged in posts on groups and expected to respond (or they feel obligated) after regular business hours. They also receive private instant messages via this technology as well.
All staff have been instructed to respond to work-related messages only during our regular business hours (Monday-Friday; 9:00-5:00) or during their individually scheduled hours when they are each working using company equipment and resources only.  If you contact employees with their personal messaging accounts, they are instructed to not respond, other than to direct you to our official channels.  

We hope this will help us to be consistent in providing assistance as well as ensuring messages don't fall through the cracks. Thanks for understanding!
~Angela Lindig, Executive Director
You can always connect to us via our intake inbox, available on our website as the button that says "Question for a Parent Education Coordinator?" or by calling our phone line at (208) 342-5884