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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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    A student and a teacher
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    Little girl smelling a flower
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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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    Kids attending an art class at IPUL
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

January's Monthly Webinar Series Now Available 

 
Personal Story. 

Our new format webinar series is now available.  Once you register to view it, you will be able to watch it at your leisure.   

With this month's training you will Learn what advocacy is, why it is important and why changing systems is important. Parents will learn how to craft an effective personal story tied to an issue, and who can be influenced to make systems changes. 
 

March Statewide Training: 
Getting and Keeping the First Job  

 
Broadcast Live from the Boise office and interactive statewide via webinar platform.
 

Getting and Keeping the First Job 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 pm MT


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.

Again, we welcome people who want to attend the training in person at our Boise office.  (Please plan to be in the office at least by 5:20 p.m.)  People attending remotely via our simulcast webinar will only need to have a modern web browser to attend.  (And you can do that via computer, smartphone, or tablet) 

You can register by clicking here. 

You will receive a confirmation email, but it won't have the link to the webinar just yet.  We are changing to a new webinar platform.  As soon as we have that, you will have a follow-up email with the link to attend via webinar,  even if you are planning to attend the training in our Boise office in person.  
 

 

Teen STEAM Night 

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019,  from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Idaho Parents Unlimited will be hosting an informal get-together for up to ten teens to hang out, enjoy snacks, and try out some of our new digital art technology to create and print posters.  
an HP designjet 120t
Participants will be able to use Photoshop with wacom art tablets.

Teens who need additional supports are encouraged to bring them.  
 
In order to attend, you must register. 
 

 

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