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New Generation of Tech-Savvy Idahoans Starts Training

March 5, 2007


Nearly 500 Idaho high school students and other young adults with disabilities are learning this week how technology will make it easier to go to college, to get a job, and live on their own - at a technology conference Monday and Tuesday in Boise. Nora Jehn with the Idaho Assistive Technology Project says there are literally thousands of products to help young folks make the transition to college, the workforce, or even getting a first apartment.

"A lot of really sophisticated software out there for students that are blind, anybody with a print disability - that should not hinder their progress."

Many students with disabilities don't realize Idaho colleges and universities offer a lot of assistance technology to those who need the help. Jehn notes that even though there is a lot of technology available, there's still a learning curve to put devices and software to full use.

"Students in high school need to really start focusing on learning to use their assistive technology so that they're ready."

The "Tools for Life: Secondary Transition and Technology Fair" is Monday and Tuesday, Doubletree Riverside Hotel, Boise.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID