Tools for Life Fair

Event Information

The Tools for Life Fair is a secondary transition conference for students with disabilities, families and secondary transition professionals. The event is presented as a typical professional conference with national keynote speakers and breakout sessions.

Throughout the two-day event, the keynote speakers, presentations and breakout sessions focus on:

  • Employment
  • Assistive technology
  • Post-secondary education
  • Independent living
  • Self-advocacy/self-direction.

Breakout sessions will be geared towards transitioning youth. Participants are encouraged to attend the sessions of their choice.

An exhibit hall will be open throughout the Fair from 9 am to 4 pm to allow agencies and vendors to promote their organizations, share resources and showcase their products.

Planning will help make the most of your Fair experience. The following documents can help you prepare:

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. Hotel rooms for students and transportation for regional students are available.

Hotel Accommodation

We can book/pay for students who need rooms. We ask adults to book and pay for their own rooms. 

A guest room block and special rates are being held at the Best Western Plus University Inn. To access these rates, please book your room before February 7.

To reserve your room over the phone:

  1. Call 208-882-0550.
  2. Mention that you will be attending the Tools for Life Conference.

To reserve your room online:

  1. Visit the Best Western Plus University Inn Tools for Life reservations page.
  2. Enter your arrival and departure dates by clicking the Edit button in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Select the type of room you would like to book.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your booking. 

If there are no rooms available for your chosen dates, please call the hotel directly.

If you are booking your room after February 7, please call the hotel directly.

For more information about the hotel, visit the Best Western Plus University Inn Website

Student Dance and Pizza Party

All youth attending the Fair are invited to attend a social event on Monday beginning at 5:15 pm. The evening will include pizza, live music, dancing and more!

Local students

The hotel is strictly limited on space. Students from the surrounding regions (within approximately 150 miles) will be given priority for attendance.

If you register non-local students for the Fair, they will be put on a waitlist and let in only if space allows.

If you have any questions about priority rules, please email Dan Dyer (


Please contact us on 1-800-432-8324 if you have any questions about the event, registration, fees or travel assistance from your area.