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 IPUL and COVID-19

To see all the COVID-19 information we are posting in one place click here, or choose the new COVID-19 Information menu item above. 

WE ARE STILL WORKING!

The best method to reach us is through our website request form:  https://ipulidaho.org/connect-with-us 
We are still monitoring our intake phone line several times a day, and will try to respond to any request there within 24 hours. 
Please be aware that messages left directly on our personal extensions looking for new assistance will have a delayed response - new requests for assistance should go through the above methods.  
For questions that are not about something in our scope of work, you can still leave a phone message as above, or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - this account will be monitored daily, but is not as heavily monitored as the main intake systems. 
Thanks for your understanding and patience.  

NEW! - Parents of school age children who have an IEP /504 plan, could you help us out by filling out a quick survey regarding school closures and virtual learning?   

Current issues that need your input!

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    Kids attending an art class at IPUL
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    Students participating in a Work of Art in Couer d'Alene, 2018
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    A student and a teacher
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    Children's art from an IPUL Arts - Artist in Residency program 
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    Students at the 2018 Discovery Dance Recital on the stage
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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 student watches as another student rolls out a print during Work of Art in CDA 2018
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    Two girls in front of an IPUL display at the Spina Bifida event
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    Children dancing during an inclusive dance class 
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    Little girl smelling a flower
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    A boy with a magnifying glass 


COVID-19 Letter for Parents from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Children's DD Program

March 16, 2020
Dear Parent:

As you have heard, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been diagnosed in individuals in Idaho. As we learn more about this virus, we want to assure you that The Department is taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus while considering your child’s well-being.

To encourage social distancing during this time, the Children’s Developmental Disabilities Program is making the following accommodations:

  • All Family Centered Planning meetings will be conducted over the phone through March 31, 2020 or until further notice to help reduce the threat of continuing  spread of the virus. If you feel you need to meet face to face with your Case Manager please call them to discuss the need.
  • Your child’s Case Manager will be available by phone to answer any questions regarding access and services. Local offices will remain open during this time.
  • All Family Directed Guide meetings will be suspended until further notice.
  • If you have questions about the virus, it is important to obtain information from a trusted source such as https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/ or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please consider obtaining information on how to prepare your household for possible exposure to the virus.

Here are a few steps you can immediately begin taking to help prevent the spread of this virus. For prevention measures, the CDC recommends that everyone follow the normal precautions for avoiding the flu and other respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in public; going to the bathroom, before eating after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least
  • 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Sincerely,


Susan Stumph
Children’s DD Program
Family and Community Services


Statewide Training for April -

Planning For a Healthy Transition to Adulthood

  

This training prepares youth for transitioning to adulthood with a goal of independent health care management.
Topics include managing appointments, medication, oral health, mental health, and more.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
&
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
And Recorded for Future Viewing



 Broadcast live from the Boise office and interactive via webinar from anywhere with an internet connection
 
 Idaho Parents Unlimited
 4619 Emerald St., Ste. E
 Boise, ID 83706
 
 REGISTER:  https://ipulidaho.org/statewide-rsvp
 Phone: (208) 342-5884
 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


WORK OF ART 
Coeur d'Alene
Spring 2020

Pre-employment skills development for students with a disability, ages 15-21.

Made possible by a contract through the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Get paid to work with a professional artist while learning job readiness skills.
 


For Work Of Art taking place: 

April 15 - May 2, 2020

SESSIONS: 
Wednesday, April 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 
April 18, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, 
April 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 
April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 
April 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 
May 2, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: 
Coeur d'Alene, ID

Human Rights Education Institute 

414 W Fort Grounds Dr, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Please plan to attend all sessions 

Register at https://ipulidaho.org/reg-woa-spring-2020-cda

 


IPUL's Year In Review - 2019

Where was IPUL in 2019?

Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Moscow, Lewiston, Weiser, Payette, Fruitland, Salmon, Marsing, Caldwell, Nampa, Kuna, Boise, Wendell, Gooding, Jerome, Kimberly, Twin Falls, Rupert, Burley, Sun Valley, American Falls, Pocatello, St.Anthony, Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Coeur d'Alene 

IPUL'S YEAR IN REVIEW 2019

7,542 Families and professionals assisted through IPUL via one-to-one assistance through phone, email, or in-person and online trainings, workshops, and presentations.

532 Children and youth who participated in IPUL Arts through programs in schools, community centers, and our Work of Art employment skill building program.

Trending Issues: Special Education Eligibility, Resolving Disputes, Challenging Behaviors, Mental Health Crises in Children, Medicaid Eligibility, Transportation, Transition to Adulthood

93 Trainings, workshops, presentations, and meet and greets IPUL held around the state and virtually through our online monthly opportunities.

144 Meetings with professional partners who help us to assist families in every possible way throughout the entire state.

Contact us: www.ipulidaho.org 208-342-5884 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8 Total staff members at Idaho Parents Unlimited! We hope to get to know more of you in 2020!

Angela Lindig, Executive Director
Sarah Tueller, Program Coordinator 
Joe Gonzalez, Parent Education Coordinator
Page Sellards, Parent Education Coordinator
Rosario Beagarie, Parent Education & Translation
Heather Kirk-Skinner, Arts Coordinator
Candace Garman, Accounting
Bill Nuttycombe, Information Technology 

IPUL is a statewide nonprofit organization whose programs are primarily funded under grants and contracts as the Parent Training and Information Center, Family to Family Health Information Center, Idaho Family Voices, and IPUL Arts.

Our Superheros!

We owe our sincere gratitude to those who made our work possible this year and into the future. Thank you for investing in Idaho's families who are raising children with disabilities!!

Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation 
Capitol Contemporary Gallery & Idaho Artists 
Randy VanDyck & Van Dyck Frame Design 
Rocky Canyon Sail Toads Race to Robie Creek 
Ron and Julie Cendejas 
Becky Baily 
Tom and Shannon Friel 
Stephanie Hoffman 
Lisa Richards Evans 
Heidi Caldwell 
HP 
The Lindig Family
Everyone who joined in our Virtual Snow Day and Idaho Gives!!