2019 Tools for Life: Secondary Transition and Technology Fair

March 4 & 5, 2019

The Riverside Hotel
Address: 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID 83714
Phone: (208) 343-1871
Hotel's Website

Important: Early Deadline This Year

All student registrations and their paperwork must be submitted no later than January 23rd, 2019. Parent signature is required on the student waiver documents, so please plan ahead and don’t miss your chance to register!

AGAIN THIS YEAR: When you register a student, additional information will be requested including the student State ID number. Providing this information allows us to access federal funding, through Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR), which enables us to pay for the conference. There will be a place to write this information onto the Request for Pre-Employment Transition Services form which you can then either mail or fax to us. Please email Dan Dyer with any questions.

Attendee Information

Tools for Life is for transitioning youth with disabilities and all who support them. Attendees include educators, special educators, therapists, counselors, service providers, job developers, other rehabilitation specialists, and especially high school students with disabilities and their families.

Throughout the two-day event, there will be keynote speakers and presentations around employment, assistive technology, post-secondary education, independent living, and self-advocacy/self-direction. An Exhibit Hall will be open both days, from 9 am to 4 pm to allow agencies and vendors the opportunity to promote their organizations, share resources, and showcase their products.

Planning will help make the most of your Fair experience. View the 2019 Tools Fair Booklet (coming soon) for information about Keynote and Guest Speakers and details about the event. Read Preparing Students for Tools for Life Guide PDF , and look at the Conference at a Glance and Tools Fair Program (coming soon) to plan what sessions you and your students would like to attend.

The conference will feature a combination of keynote speakers and breakout sessions geared towards transitioning youth. Participants are invited to attend the breakout sessions of their choice. Breakout sessions will be organized around five tracks:

  • Employment
  • Assistive Technology
  • Post Secondary Education
  • Independent Living
  • Self-Advocacy/Self-Direction

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

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

Please Note: If conference registrations exceed capacity, attendance preference will be given to students from the Boise region.  

How to Register

Again this year! Payments accepted online. Look for the link after your registration form is submitted or visit the University of Idaho Marketplace to pay Registration Fee(s).

Educators: All 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 1 adult will be required.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the event, are unable to register online, are unable to pay the registration fee, or to check if travel assistance is available from your area. You can contact the Idaho AT Project at 1-800-432-8324 for assistance.

See what students at last year's conference had to say!