Tools for Life Fair

Registration is closed

Registration for Tools for Life 2023 is now closed. We look forward to seeing you there!

Important registration information

Tools for Life will be held in Boise on February 27-28 at the Riverside Hotel

Download the event program.

All student registrations and associated paperwork must be submitted by January 12, 2023. Note that a parent/guardian signature is required on the student waiver documents.

When you register a student, additional information will be requested. This includes a student state ID number, which can be provided on the Request for Pre-Employment Transition Services form included in your registration confirmation email. This form can be faxed or mailed back to us. Providing this information allows us to access federal funding through Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, which helps us pay for the Fair.

If students are current VR clients, each student will need to meet with their VR counselor to add this service to their Individual Plan for Employment prior to the conference.

All educators or adults supporting students at the Fair must be registered. Please consider the needs of your students with regard to the number of supporting adults. A maximum of 10 students to one adult is required.

Fees and payments

Fee payments are accepted online. A payment link will be provided after you submit your registration form, or you can pay through the University of Idaho Marketplace.

Parents, please note that iPul may be able to cover the cost of your registration fee.

Hotel and transportation costs can be provided upon request.

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.

Transportation and Hotel Accommodation

We can book/pay for students who need sleeping rooms. When you sign-up your students there is a place to input their hotel room needs.  There is also a place to input their transportation needs.

We ask adults to book and pay for their own adult sleeping rooms.

If you would like to arrange your own hotel accommodation, special rates are available at the Riverside Hotel. Please call
208-343-1871 and ask for the Tools for Life group rate. You can also book online using this link

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.