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 – Be Confident! Be You!

Confidence isn’t built in a day, but in this session, we will talk about great tools to building a better relationship with yourself. We will explore the benefits of having a good self-image and tools to gain more confidence. We will discuss that having positive self-worth is a great foundation to having better relationships in all parts of your life. Zoom Meeting ID: 813 5804 8623 

photo of Erin Riley

Erin Riley, Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC)

Erin Riley is a know-it-all or maybe it’s just that she really does want to know it all. This might be the reason why she went into informal education, a storyteller and a real-life stand-up comedian. She has been working as a LINC program educator since May 2018. Born in Oregon, but raised in Idaho, it’s no wonder why she chose environmental education as her field of study that took her from talking about geology at the Grand Canyon to teaching Idaho students about native plants at the Idaho Botanical Garden.She has been an Our Whole Lives educator since 2011, teaching young people about healthy relationships with themselves and others through informed and responsible decision making. Erin has a true passion for relationship building to make a difference in her community. Although, she is new to the Independent Living Movement, she has been excited about spreading the message and teaching those along the way. Her belief is that sharing stories is the greatest way to connect to one another and to start the journey of self-advocacy.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

9:00am – Healthy Relationships

During this session we will be talking about the building blocks to healthier relationships with yourself and others. We will discuss warning signs of relationships that might not be the best, and how useful healthy boundaries are to a friendship. Zoom Meeting ID: 851 4724 1780

photo of Erin Riley

Erin Riley, Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC)

Erin Riley is a know-it-all or maybe it’s just that she really does want to know it all. This might be the reason why she went into informal education, a storyteller and a real-life stand-up comedian. She has been working as a LINC program educator since May 2018. Born in Oregon, but raised in Idaho, it’s no wonder why she chose environmental education as her field of study that took her from talking about geology at the Grand Canyon to teaching Idaho students about native plants at the Idaho Botanical Garden.She has been an Our Whole Lives educator since 2011, teaching young people about healthy relationships with themselves and others through informed and responsible decision making. Erin has a true passion for relationship building to make a difference in her community. Although, she is new to the Independent Living Movement, she has been excited about spreading the message and teaching those along the way. Her belief is that sharing stories is the greatest way to connect to one another and to start the journey of self-advocacy.

1:00pm – Steps to Making the Transition to Adulthood

This session will include the process that students with disabilities go through beginning at age 16 (or younger in some cases) as they develop an Individualized Education Plan that focuses on transition components of post-secondary education, employment, and independent living. There will also be information about the steps youth will take to access adult Medicaid and Developmental Disabilities services. Angela will share her personal experiences as her young adult children each navigated these systems and carved out paths for themselves to live full, independent lives. Zoom Meeting ID: 891 8978 1706 

Angela Lindig – Idaho Parents Unlimited (IPUL) Executive Director

Angela has been with IPUL since 2009 working with families who have children with disabilities and special health care needs. Her firsthand experiences brought her to this work 24 years ago when her eldest daughter was born with an ultra-rare genetic condition. Angela and her husband are also parents to a 21-year-old daughter who was adopted at age three from Romania and who lives with “hidden disabilities” including mental health diagnoses and Spina Bifida. They also have a 24-year-old son who has an ADHD diagnosis.

Angela is a former Chair of the Idaho State Independent Living Council, the current Chair of the Idaho Infant Toddler Coordinating Council, and she also spearheaded the effort to create Idaho’s first universally accessible playground – the Adventure Island Playground – located in Meridian’s Settler’s Park. 

When she’s not working, she’s running, traveling, spending time with her friends and family, and taking entirely too many pictures of her dog.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

9:00am – Self-Advocacy through Community Action

Are there challenges you deal with every day in your community that create barriers to your safety or independence? Do you want to make positive changes in your community, but do not know where to start? Join this session to learn how to use your experiences to build awareness, collaboration, and change. We will explore strategies that leverage your strengths like writing, speaking, or collaborating to make your community more accessible for people with disabilities. Zoom Meeting ID: 840 3885 3742 

Dianna Willis – Idaho Access Project

Dianna is a co-founding board member of the Idaho Access Project. She is focused on creating accessible communities, emphasizing inclusion and equity for people with disabilities. In 2019, she completed a rigorous training program through America Walks, a national advocacy organization working to empower communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move. Dianna loves to explore outdoor spaces with her current guide dog, Teegan.

Dianna worked in public health for eight years and has a diverse educational background. In 2013, she earned a M.Ed. degree in Early Childhood Studies with an emphasis on children with special healthcare needs. She holds a M.A. from Georgetown University in Applied Demography (1999) and a B.A. from Boise State University in Political Science (1993).

1:00pm – Hear My Roar

Life is full of ups and downs, sometimes it can feel like we will never accomplish our goals because of so many obstacles in our way, we can even loose hope. Join Sari as she tells us a story of resilience and flips the mirror of hope for us. Overcoming obstacles, accomplishing goals, and living life to the fullest is possible for you as well. Zoom Meeting ID: 828 1764 1021 

Sari Lipp, Self-Advocate

Sari Lipp is a self-advocate, a youth mentor and Certified Peer Support Specialist. Sari lives life with Cerebral Palsy but calls that an adventure that she wouldn’t ever change. Sari uses the challenges she has overcome as a platform to encourage others as well as make changes for the better. She successfully completed college with an Associate’s Degree in Health Information technology and has also obtained several other Healthcare certifications. Sari lives an independent life that is filled with lots of dreams and goals. Her wit and positive attitude are reflected in her presence and presentation and Sari has a deep love for life and adventure and will try anything once even if I must adapt. She loves horses, kayaking and the outdoors. She means it when she says “Life is what YOU make it, have fun, dream big and be YOU!”

Thursday, September 17, 2020

1:00pm – Advocacy in 21st Century

Talk about my experiences in college. Shine a light on technology. Living on my own for the first time. Making an impression upon new peers. Services for me in college. Advocating for the next group to have my success. Zoom Meeting ID: 849 6094 5925 

Bruce Klootwyk Jr

Bruce Klootwyk Jr., Self Advocate

Bruce Klootwyk Jr. is a proud member of the Klootwyk family which includes his parents, Bruce and Deb, and a younger sister, Kate. These three individuals have and will always be the brightest lights in his life. Due to human error there were complication during his birth, and Bruce Jr. was diagnosed with cerebral palsy about a year later. In spite of having a disability, he earned an undergraduate and a Master’s in Business Administration through the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. In all situations, Bruce has not let his disability define his life because he believes that where there is adversity and advocacy it will equal achievement.

We Want to Say THANK YOU to Our Generous Sponsors:

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logo international association for accessiblity professionals
logo idaho assistive technology project
logo amoureux consulting

And Our Community Partners:

SILC Idaho State Independent LIving Council
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Disability Action Center Northwest