The 15th Annual Tools for Life was a success!
The 2-day event encompassed more than forty presentations and group activities to expand student knowledge related to assistive technology, self-advocacy, independent living, and college/career readiness. After attending Tools for Life, survey data showed that students had a better idea about their options after high school and were more familiar with resources to help them live, learn, and work.
Download the Tools4Life InfoGraphic PDF or an accessible version of the Report Summary PDF to see learning outcomes and attendance figures.
Kendrick Lester from the Idaho State Department of Education and Alison Lowenthal from Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation kicked off the conference with welcome addresses.
Inspiring keynote speeches were given by Bailie Welton, Joshua Loya, and Sarah Patterson. Full conference information along with keynote speaker bios are available in the Conference Program PDF .
Sixty-five students participated in the financial literacy event, Reality Town. During the activity, students made theoretical life choices and used a checkbook and/or a debit card to make purchases and balance expenses in order to come away with a better understanding of what it means to live independently.
Field trips were provided to Boise State University, Idaho State University, and College of Western Idaho to give students a glimpse of college life and exposure to post-secondary educational options.
Students had a great time at the dance party where they ate pizza, danced to live music, and played games.
Thank you, sponsors!
The Fair was planned by members of the Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition (IICST) as a collaborative effort to improve outcomes for students with disabilities post-high school. Conference expenses totaled approximately $49,000.00. In addition to this figure, countless hours were spent in the planning, preparation, and execution of the conference by many individuals who donated in-kind support. Funding was provided by the Idaho Assistive Technology Project, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Idaho State Department of Education, Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind, Center on Disabilities and Human Development, Idaho Special Education Support and Technical Assistance Program (SESTA), and Idaho Parents Unlimited.