What is the SETT Framework?

The SETT Framework is utilized to ensure the appropriate match between student needs and device features. The SETT stands for Student, Environment, Tasks and Tools.

Student: Information specifically related to the student. What is the functional area(s) of concern? What are the students special needs that contribute to these concerns? What are the student’s current abilities related to these concerns? What are the student’s interests? The questions are intentionally broad, so that they do not preclude anyone or any possible solutions at the outset.
Environment: Information related to anything or anyone around the student in places where the AT is expected to be used. How many students? What is the physical layout? How much support is available from and to staff? What materials and equipment are being used by other students? Are there physical access issues? What services are being provided  What are the attitudes and expectations for other in the environment(s)?
Tasks: Information about what actually happens in the environment. What EXACTLY will the student need to do IN THE SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENT to learn?
Tools: Finally, the SETT Framework addresses the area in which most people would like to begin. Tools include devices, services and strategies – everything that is needed to help the student succeed. Tools are “no tech” strategies as well as low-tech and high-tech devices and supports. Tools are systems of tools working in combination to assist the student in moving forward.

Information taken directly from Ready, SETT, go! Getting Started with the SETT Framework by Joy Zabala (see link below)

SETT Framework – Resource Links

Introduction to SETT

The SETT Framework: Straight from the horse’s mouth

Ready, SETT, Go


SETT Scaffold for Data Collection

SETT Scaffold for Consideration

SETT Scaffold for Tool Selection

SETT Scaffold for Implementation and Evaluation of Effectiveness Planning