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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

What can IPUL do for you?

  • Idaho Parents Unlimited helps parents understand their rights and responsibilities in Special Education.
  • They provide information and training so that parents have the tools, and skills, to advocate for themselves and their children.
  • A Parent Education Coordinator can help problem-solve and provide options available to you in school matters.

Professional Standards Commission - Code of Ethics

This version of the Code of Ethics for Idaho Professional Educators was revised by the Professional Standards Commission and approved by both the State Board of Education and the Idaho legislature. (IDAPA Click here to view the Code of Ethics

New Guidance From the US Department of Education and Department of Justice Issued November 12th

Student with disabilities, like all students, must be provided the opportunity to fully participate in our public schools. A critical aspect of participation is communication with others. We have unclosed a document, entitled "Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools" (FAQs), which explains the responsibility of public schools to ensure that communication with students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities is as effective as communication with all other students. Click here for full article.

US Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Guidance Documents Published July 2013:

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently published the following guidance documents related to implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):
  • Letter of Clarification on Part C System of Payments (SOP) (July 19, 2013) - This letter is a response to state questions about implementing the SOP provisions of the 2011 Part C regulations of the IDEA, specifically about: (1) parental consent requirements; (2) parental consent for the use of private insurance to pay for Part C services; and (3) the SOP and fees provisions under the 2011 Part C regulations.
  • Memo and Q&A on Part B Dispute Resolution (July 23, 2013) - This memorandum and Q&A provides guidance on mediation, State complaint procedures, due process complaints and hearing procedures, the resolution process and expedited due process hearings. It updates three previous memoranda, as well as a previous Q&A document.

Idaho Common Core Standards and Timeline

In 2009, Idaho worked with other states to develop new academic standards in mathematics and English language arts that would be higher, fewer, clearer and comparable with any other country in the world. Find the details on the State Department of Education's Website here:

Idaho Common Core

Additional Information on the Common Core Standards and Students with Disabilities can be found here:

Students with Disabilities

Restraint and Seclusion Guidance from the US Department of Education:

On May 15, 2012 the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of a 40 page resource document on seclusion and restraints. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy Kareem Dale, and U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, & Policy Development Carmel Martin discussed the importance of this resource and corresponding principles.

The publication outlines principles for educators, parents and other stakeholders to consider when developing or refining policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion. The resource is applicable to all students, not just those with disabilities.

Please refer to the following links for more information:

Press release: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-issues-resource-document-discourages-restraint-and-seclu

Restraint and Seclusion Resource Document: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/seclusion/index.html

The 2011 – 2012 Dispute Resolution data in Idaho for the State Department of Education

Each year Idaho reports to the public on the State's progress and/or slippage in meeting the "measurable and rigorous targets" found in the SPP and the performance of each LEA located in the State on the targets in the SPP. The Annual Report Performance Report (APR) is posted on the State website here

DR Update 2011-2012 (May 22l).pptx (PowerPoint)

DR Update 2011-2012 (May 22l).pdf (PDF)

New resources for educators in 2017 from the Council for Exceptional Children:

Your UDL Lesson Planner: The Step-by-Step Guide for Teaching All Learners. This hands-on guide is for teachers familiar with universal design for learning who are ready to put it into practice. Through vignettes, exercises, video demonstrations, and more, you'll learn to plan K–12 lessons that meet every student's needs.
Recognize, Respond, Report: Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Special Needs. Learn the core components of bullying prevention and response in this ready-for-action guidebook for K–12 educators and administrators.
Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students. In this comprehensive book on 2e learners, you'll find out how to tap into the strengths and support the needs of gifted students with disabilities using evidence-based strategies and classroom tools shown to promote student success.
(Please note that the above resources are not free) 

PTI (Parent Training & Information Center) has been continuously funded since 1985. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). Project activities are designed to respond to the training and information needs of Idaho paents of children and youth with disabilities. 

More Resources: 

GEMS  Genetic Education Materials for School Success 

Learn More about Idaho’s Talking Book Service

Two children reading together

Your child may be eligible to borrow free audio or Braille books and magazines if he or she is unable to read standard print, hold a book, or turn pages due to a temporary or permanent physical limitation. This free service is provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the and the National Library Service. Registered users receive:
  • Books, magazines, and playback equipment
  • Materials mailed directly to and from the user at no charge
  • Toll free number to contact Readers Advisors who can help select titles or answer questions
  • Online catalog for direct ordering
  • Ability to download digital audio titles on phones or other devices
The Talking Books collection offers a wide range of popular fiction and nonfiction book and magazine titles for adults, teens, and children in English, Spanish and other languages. Children’s magazines include National Geographic World, Cricket, Muse, Humpty Dumpty, Spider, Sports Illustrated for Kids and more. The collection may be searched by anyone using the online catalog. Materials are mailed directly to the individual’s home in special returnable packaging and may be returned to the Commission for Libraries without postage costs.
Download an application at http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/eligibility-applications or call 1-800-458-3271. Applications need to be signed by a doctor, librarian, or social worker to qualify based on vision or physical impairments. If your child has an organic brain disorder, such as dyslexia, a medical doctor needs to sign the application (based on current federal law).
Idaho Talking Book staff are happy to answer any questions you might have or present to groups. Contact us at 1-800-458-3271.