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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

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 List 

1. Creating and Maintaining a Parent Support Group - Parents will learn how to start, conduct and maintain a parent support group. This training is geared toward those who see a need for added support amongst parents in their community.

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

3. Bullying Prevention - 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 and approaches 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. Stop Spinning Your Wheels - Advocacy and Coordination Skills for Your Child’s Special Health Care Needs - You will 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. Parents will also be given information and training on 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.

6. Success with IEP - This training will provide information and resources on special education and related services. This interactive workshop will give parents the tools needed to understand the IEP process from eligibility to transition to adulthood and effectively advocate for their child.*

7. Skills For Effective Parent Advocacy – Parents will understand what “advocacy” means, learn the skills necessary to become an effective advocate, what additional resources they may need and where to go for more information. We can deliver this training for parents, youth, and individuals with disabilities.*

8. Working for Change- Using the Power of a Personal Story – 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.*

9. Legal Life Planning After 18 - Parents will 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. This training is geared toward families who have youth within the 9-14 year old age range*

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

13. From IFSP to IEP: Early Childhood Transition – Parents will learn how to prepare for transition from an Individualized Family Service Plan to an Individualized Education Plan at age three, and the differences between the two plans.*

14. Understanding Learning Disabilities – Parents will gain knowledge about different learning disabilities and how to detect the signs. This training will cover strategies that can provide parents with the knowledge and tools their child with a learning disability may need.*

15. Understanding ADHD - This training will help parents understand and learn the signs of ADHD while discussing types and treatments. Parents will learn how it is diagnosed as well as ways to collaborate with professionals to create opportunities for success.*

16. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports – This training will teach parents about their child’s behaviors, functional behavior assessments, and behavior interventions.*

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

18. Literacy is for All – You will learn about the new thinking regarding literacy for children with severe disabilities. Parents will gain strategies that can be used both in the home and the classroom to help their children with severe disabilities gain literacy skills.

19. Home Files – Get organized! Parents learn how to setup 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.

20. Comprehensive Coordinated Health Care (What is a Medical Home) – You will 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.*

21. Planning for a Healthy Transition – This training prepares youth for transitioning to adulthood with a goal of independent healthcare management.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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. *

25. I Wish I knew Then What I Know Now - At this workshop, a panel of experienced parents of children with disabilities will share insights they gained while raising and educating their children. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own insights and experiences as well.

26. Section 504 - The purpose of this curriculum is to explain how the expanded definition of disability under the ADAAA affects eligibility for services and accommodations in a variety of school settings. The goal is that parents will develop the knowledge and skills to be able to advocate for their children’s individual needs in child care and public school settings and learn about postsecondary requirements to begin to build self advocacy skills in their youth.

 * Indicates that workshop is also available in Spanish.

Family Voices Immigration Toolkit

The Family Voices Immigration Toolkit* is a collection of documents designed to inform, empower, and assist families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who support them to prepare for the possibility of an emergent immigration situation and/or to collect supporting documentation that accurately reflects the extent of hardship on the health and well-being of a child with SHCN if s/he or the caregiver is detained or removed. (*This toolkit is not intended to be legal advice)

Click here for the toolkit

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)
Click here to download

IPUL Publications

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. - The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website ( 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

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
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
Idaho Infant Toddler Program
Idaho Sound Beginnings, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
Self Rescue Manual - Ada County Specific Resources

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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.