The SETT Framework provides a methodology for considering whether or not a student needs assistive technology, and if he/she does, what is the most appropriate technology to provide. The process consists of the student’s team reflecting on the Student, the Environments in which he or she needs to perform and the Tasks the student needs to accomplish in those environments. Once those have been determined, the team finally looks at which technologies would be the most appropriate for that Student to accomplish those Tasks in those Environments.

The SETT Framework helps us to match the technology to the student, environments and tasks, rather than picking a technology and trying to make it work, even though it may not be the best fit.

The SETT Framework is based on the the work of Joy Zabala and also the work of the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI). Iowa’s Assistive Technology Liaisons have, with permission, adapted their work to create three versions of the SETT Framework. Choose the version that is most convenient for you.