All sessions are listed for Mountain Standard Time (MST).

ALL ZOOM Sessions can also call in using this Zoom phone number —

1 253 215 8782 (Tacoma).

Monday, September 14, 2020

1:00pm – How to Incorporate Decision Making into Your Client’s Independent Living Plan

In this session, you will learn about an alternative to guardianship called Supported Decision-Making and you how you can assist your clients to reach or maintain their maximum decision-making rights. You will learn how you can help your clients to use supported decision-making in combination with other tools to maximize independence and full integration into the community. Zoom Meeting ID: 823 7983 6468 

Amy Cunningham, Acting Executive Director and Legal Director at DisAbility Rights Idaho (DRI)

Amy has been with DRI for 24 years. She has provided direct legal services to persons with disabilities in court and administrative tribunals.  She is a member of the Idaho Supreme Court Guardianship Committee as well as many other committee and boards that address issues that affect persons with disabilities. She has provided numerous trainings and presentations throughout the state on various topics that affect the lives of persons with disabilities including, Medicaid services for children and adults, American’s with Disabilities Act, Legal ethics and Supported Decision-Making.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

9:00 am – Housing Choice by Design: Planning for Access, Equity and Opportunity

Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms ‘the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being…including food, clothing, housing and medical care…’ Housing and shelter are the foundation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; they are also essential to supporting all other needs—our safety, health and independence. The current pandemic and housing crisis have exposed the erosion of secure, affordable and accessible housing. This session will explore the role of housing in public health, fiscal responsibility, economic opportunity and community stability. We will outline planning and design policies needed to preserve and expand housing types and price points that meet the needs and incomes of all community residents. From building codes and zoning to design, construction and finance, we will discuss how communities can reclaim housing as an essential human right. Zoom Meeting ID: 891 8097 0888 

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Erik Kingston, PCED, IHFA’s Housing Resources Coordinator

Erik has created IHFA’s Housing Information Referral Center and Housing Hotline in 1998, and has since coordinated statewide programs, plans and outreach initiatives. Erik manages fairhousingforum.org and RampUpIdaho.org to expand dialogue on the role of housing equity and access in community and economic health and stability, and is Project Coordinator for IHFA’s Fair Housing innovative Partnership—Education Outreach Initiative grant. He serves on the Western Community Assessment Network (WeCAN), Idaho Rural Partnership (IRP) board, and NW Community Development Institute faculty, where he teaches Housing as a Second Language.

1:00pm – Did You Know You have Rights?

A discussion about the rights you have through any of the Idaho Medicaid programs

This will be an interactive discussion lead by Christine Pisani about what you should expect from these rights that you have and what is currently happening in your own lives. Zoom Meeting ID: 849 2062 8191

Christine Pisani, Executive Director, Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities

Christine Pisani has multiple family members with a disability and began working for people with disabilities as a college student at the University of Idaho, (UI) in 1986. While attending UI she supported people living in a group home who had just transitioned from Idaho’s state institution for people with developmental disabilities. All six adults in the home had been labeled either “violent” or “aggressive.” These labels tended to define who they were as human beings. While working with these individuals, Christine learned quickly that labels tell you nothing about a person. In her experience, people who had been afforded so little control over their lives had to develop self-preservation skills in order to manage through many unbearable scenarios. While in college Christine worked as a certified nursing assistant in a nursing home. This position provided tremendous education about honoring the dignity of each human being. This experience provided her first-hand observations of how inhumane our society is capable of being toward our most vulnerable populations. After college, Christine continued to work in various positions that had a connection to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). In 1996 she began work at the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities and continues to draw on her valuable direct work experience. Her work at the Council presents opportunities to work directly with people with I/DD, families, and policymakers statewide. Early in her work at the Idaho legislature she observed that most decisions made about the lives of people with I/DD, were made without the leadership of people with I/DD. Since that time, Christine has worked to change this by making sure leadership development was made a priority to individuals with I/DD through Council initiatives. A statewide network of informed individuals with I/DD now exists that helps to lend a voice each year to educate policymakers on important issues.

In the early 2000’s she served as President of the Ada County Human Rights Task Force. While serving in this role she worked with statewide human rights advocates to eliminate the Hayden Lake Aryan Nations compound located in north Idaho, while also working to create community events, such as “Bite of Boise” to highlight the diverse and rich cultural traditions and ethnic foods of all of our community members.

Christine holds a Masters of Education degree in Special Education with an emphasis in public policy. She is also a graduate of the State of Idaho’s Certified Public Management program.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

9:00am – Voting in 2020

This session will go over voting rights laws. We will dive into voting requirements and ways in which to register and then vote for the November 2020 election. Attached is a plain language voter info sheet that you can share with attendees. Zoom Meeting ID: 834 6595 9758 

Courtney R. Holthus, Attorney & Advocacy Director with DisAbility Rights Idaho (DRI)

She has worked out of DRI’s Boise office since March of 2012. In addition to representing clients in guardianship, disability discrimination, and Medicaid appeal cases, she has also worked on various public policy issues through the state administrative rule and statutory change process and has worked on investigating allegations of abuse and neglect at Idaho’s state-run ICF/IID facility. Courtney completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with law degree from the University of South Dakota. In addition to being an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan, (GO BIG RED!), Courtney spends her free time enjoying the Idaho outdoors with her family.

1:00pm – From Information & Referrals to Revolution

From Information & Referrals to Revolution: Learn how a single phone call for information can lead to a movement for social change, equality, and justice. The five core independent living services aren’t just about connecting people with resources or conducting life skills trainings. These core services, when used in the right way, can transform individual consumers into armies of advocates ready to change the world for the better. Zoom Meeting ID: 892 6596 2678

Jeremy Maxand, Executive Director, Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC) & co-founder of the Idaho Access Project

Previously, he worked in emergency preparedness and providing technical assistance on the ABLE program for the Idaho State Independent Living Council. Jeremy attended Boise State University where he earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and a Master of Arts in Applied Historical Research. He is a certified ADA Coordinator who has used a manual wheelchair since 1989. Jeremy serves on the City of Boise’s ADA Parking Advisory Committee, Ada County Highway District’s ADA Advisory Committee, and Valley Regional Transit’s Regional Advisory Council. Jeremy lives in Boise’s Barber Valley with his wife, Maria.

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LeAnn Naillon, Assistant Director, Living Independence Network Corp. (LINC)

LeAnn is a Boise, Idaho Native with a little Oregon and Montana sprinked in over the years. LeAnn has been known to say, “There are two kinds of people in the world. 1. My friends, and 2. People who don’t know they’re my friends yet.”

When LeAnn is not traveling, playing sports of any kind, exploring, adventuring in the great outdoors, competing (surviving?) Spartans or marathons, she serves the Boise community as a non-profit leader and professional coach. At Living Independent Network Corporation (LINC), she supports the civil rights of our neighbors with ensuring access to the independent life of their choosing. Through her private coaching business at Telos, she supports individuals, professionals and private groups by guiding the exploration of their potential as individuals and organizations to live their best lives while exercising their right to live the life of their choosing.

LeAnn’s work has taken her to China, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Azerbaijan. She has served as the lead consultant for a Youth Leadership Guidebook that has been used all over the world with young leaders learning their voice and leadership style through the Inclusive Youth Leadership work with Special Olympics International. LeAnn is an alumni and served as a consultant for the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Fellowship and SportsUnited programs run through Department of State civilian diplomacy programs. Locally, LeAnn founded the Idaho Strengths Task Force in 2019 serving all Idahoans in an effort to increase our neighbors quality of life as live, work, and play in the great state of Idaho!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

1:00pm – Investing in Well Being

In this session, attendees will learn about and explore a all-inclusive view of what contributes to your well-being over a lifetime through five different areas of our life. This workshop will give you a chance to explore what you might want to focus on to get the most happiness out of each day. This session will also explore how you can enjoy each day more and also while boosting the well-being of your friends, family member, coworkers and others in your community. Zoom Meeting ID: 876 7704 3752

face of woman LeAnn Naillon

LeAnn Naillon, Assistant Director, Living Independence Network Corp. (LINC)

LeAnn is a Boise, Idaho Native with a little Oregon and Montana sprinked in over the years. LeAnn has been known to say, “There are two kinds of people in the world. 1. My friends, and 2. People who don’t know they’re my friends yet.”

When LeAnn is not traveling, playing sports of any kind, exploring, adventuring in the great outdoors, competing (surviving?) Spartans or marathons, she serves the Boise community as a non-profit leader and professional coach. At Living Independent Network Corporation (LINC), she supports the civil rights of our neighbors with ensuring access to the independent life of their choosing. Through her private coaching business at Telos, she supports individuals, professionals and private groups by guiding the exploration of their potential as individuals and organizations to live their best lives while exercising their right to live the life of their choosing.

LeAnn’s work has taken her to China, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Azerbaijan. She has served as the lead consultant for a Youth Leadership Guidebook that has been used all over the world with young leaders learning their voice and leadership style through the Inclusive Youth Leadership work with Special Olympics International. LeAnn is an alumni and served as a consultant for the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Fellowship and SportsUnited programs run through Department of State civilian diplomacy programs. Locally, LeAnn founded the Idaho Strengths Task Force in 2019 serving all Idahoans in an effort to increase our neighbors quality of life as live, work, and play in the great state of Idaho!

We Want to Sat THANK YOU to Our Generous Sponsors:

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And to our community partners:

SILC Idaho State Independent LIving Council
Disability Action Center Northwest