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IPUL, DRI, and SDE – Back to School Special Education Conversation – IPUL’s July 2020 Statewide Training

DRI is going to be participating in a live discussion with IPUL and the State Department of Education regarding returning to school in the fall of 2020 on July 15, 2020 from 6:00pm – 7:15pm MST. Parents and families of students receiving special education and related services are encouraged to attend! Visit IPUL website here: https://ipulidaho.org/news-and-events#ipul-s-next-training or view PDF announcement for information, registration is required.

Click here to download the PDF.

The Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities needs to hear from YOU!

Every five years the Council seeks for your ideas to decide what work we
will do to improve the lives of those with intellectual/developmental
disabilities and their families.

Your ideas will help guide our work to support people with I/DD to be included and meaningfully participate in all aspects of life.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

The survey is anonymous and is available online in English and Spanish until June 30, 2020. This survey will take about 20 minutes.

English survey: https://bit.ly/5YR-EN

or

Spanish survey: https://bit.ly/5YR-ES

If you need help with the survey, or would like a paper copy of the survey,
call 208-334-2178, or email info@icdd.idaho.gov.

Click to view the PDF version of the English flyer

Haga clic para ver la versión en PDF del folleto en español

Conversations with the Council WE NEED YOUR VOICE!

Are you an adult with an intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD), or a
parent/family member of a person with I/DD?

We want to hear from you!

The Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities wants to hear about
your experiences accessing the services and supports you need to live the
life you choose.

The Council is hosting webinars on the topics of: Abuse, Direct Support Staff, and Leadership and Accessing Technology.

Join us!

Date: June 19, 2020

Topic: Abuse – We want to learn and hear from you about
what information you need to understand signs of abuse, how
to report abuse, and how to protect yourself and others from
abuse.

Time: 1:30-3:00 pm (Mountain)

Register: https://bit.ly/DDConvo1

Visit the Council’s website to take the full survey at icdd.idaho.gov
Every five years the Council seeks for your ideas to decide what
work we will do to improve the lives of those with
intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

Click here to download a PDF flyer for this event.

ACB Urges Department of Justice to Ensure Right to Private, Independent Vote

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist, American Council of the Blind
(202) 467-5081
cstanley@acb.org
Courtney R. Holthus, Advocacy Director, DisAbility Rights Idaho
(208) 336-5353, ext. 119
courtney@disabilityrightsidaho.org

ACB Urges Department of Justice to Ensure Right to Private, Independent Vote

“Individuals with disabilities have a right to full participation in voting, including absentee voting,” stated Eric Bridges, executive director of the American Council of the Blind. “Persons with disabilities have fought for decades for their right to vote privately and independently. Now, especially in light of COVID- 19, such persons are fighting for their right to vote via absentee ballot.”

On May 15, 2020, ACB filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Disability Rights Section, to emphasize the inaccessibility of absentee voting for persons who are blind and visually impaired in the state of Idaho during the 2020 primary election. The complaint provided personal declarations of Idaho residents who, as it stands now, cannot vote privately and independently in their home state via absentee ballot. This submission was a supplemental complaint to one filed by Disability Rights Idaho (DRI) on April 23, 2020. The complaint filed by DRI stressed concerns about the lack of information being provided for voters with disabilities, including elderly individuals with disabilities, regarding accessibility options so that voters can maintain their right to vote independently during the May 19, 2020 primary election.

“DRIP remains concerned that voters with disabilities across the state of Idaho may become disenfranchised by the lack of uniformity and specificity that is being offered when it comes to providing accommodations to voters with disabilities,” said Courtney Holthus, Advocacy Director with DRI. “Voters with disabilities have the right to request modifications to the voting process. They have a right to equally effective communication, including the provision of ballots in alternative formats. Those rights are not waived or eliminated by the COVID-19 crisis.”

ACB urges the DOJ to ensure the right to a private and independent vote in Idaho for all future elections. Both organizations are confident that these complaints with the Department will yield positive findings that will impact voting accessibility nationwide.

Click here to download a pdf of the press release.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

 

 

Solidarity

Today DisAbility Rights Idaho stands in solidarity with those and the families of those who have lost their lives to systemic racism and white supremacy. DRI’s mission is independence, self-sufficiency, and full membership into communities for people with disabilities. Race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation/identity and socio-economic status all know disability. DRI values integration and diversity. DRI acknowledges and respects past trauma. DRI works to eliminate cultural and linguistic biases.
In order to achieve our mission and vision of independence, self-sufficiency and full membership, minorities including persons of color and disability must feel and be safe in their communities and neighborhoods. Violence against people of color must end. We reject white supremacy, racism and the very idea that any individual or group has the right to dominate others. DRI will continue to fight for inclusion, equality, civil rights and justice.

Amy Cunningham
Acting Executive Director/Legal Director
Disability Rights Idaho

COVID-19 Video

This video is a guide for people in Group Homes, Nursing Homes, and other Residential Facilities to help answer questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities weekly webinars

Weekly webinars
Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities weekly and future webinars

Thank you for your interest in The Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities weekly webinars. Each webinar* is created to answer your questions, and to share information and resources to help you during the COVID-19 crisis.

The first webinar, “Ask Art”, was held last Friday, April 17th.

Art Evans, DD Services Bureau Chief in the Division of Medicaid answered questions from individuals with I/DD receiving services and their family members about services during the COVID-19 crisis.

You can view a recording of the webinar HERE.

CLICK HERE for a summary of the Questions and Answers.
Haga clic aquí en español

*Spanish interpretation is provided for all webinars.

Today’s Webinar

“Managing COVID-19 Stress – Tips for Your Mental Health & Well-Being” – Dr. Ahbilash Desai – Friday, April 24th from 11:00-12:00 (Mountain Time) 10:00-11:00 (Pacific Time).

Dr. Desai who will be sharing information and resources about managing stress during COVID-19, lead a mindfulness meditation and answer questions about coping with stress and anxiety.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkcO2vqj0sEtLF79lZkkRRrVA79OSTTL8U

If you missed today’s webinar, please check our website for the recorded session.

Upcoming Webinars

“Ask Dr. Stumph” – Wednesday, April 29th from 1:00-2:30 (Mountain Time) 12:00-1:30 (Pacific Time) the Council will be hosting Susan Stumph, Ph.D., Developmental Disabilities Program Manager with Family and Community Services, IDHW. Susan will present information about what the department has done to support children and families and make services more flexible. She will also answer questions that families pre-submit.

To submit questions CLICK HERE. You can ask up to three questions. Please submit your questions by 5:00 PM Monday, April 27th.

To register in advance for this meeting CLICK HERE.

“Ask Dr. Silva” – Friday, May 1st from 1:00-2:30 (Mountain Time) 12:00-1:30 (Pacific Time) the Council will be hosting Council member and State Special Education Director, Charlie Silva. Ph.D. Charlie will present information and current resources available and review the State Department of Education website to show people where to find resources. She will also be answering pre-submitted questions from families.

To submit questions CLICK HERE. You can ask up to three questions. Please submit your questions by 5:00 PM Tuesday, April 28th.

To register in advance for this meeting CLICK HERE.

2020 Census Extended to October 31st

People with disabilities need to make sure they are counted. The 2020 Census determines how billions of dollars in federal funding is spent across every state – and how much goes to support people with disabilities and their lives in the community. Make sure your household’s census form is complete. Fill it out right at home. You Count! Be Counted! #DisabilityCounts2020

Due to the COVID19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the self-response phase deadline for the 2020 Census to October 31st. Check out their website for up to date information: https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/operational-adjustments-covid-19.html