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Simon Technology Center Overview

Assistive technology can be a device or service that helps children with disabilities participate more independently within their environment at home or school.

The Simon Technology Center (STC) is dedicated to making the benefits of technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities. Through a collaborated effort involving parents, professionals, and consumers, the STC can provide numerous services for your family, as well as resources and informative answers to your questions. Since 1987, the Simon Technology Center has helped many children and adults, with a variety of disabilities, use assistive technology to enhance learning, work and independence.


Services

The Simon Technology Center provides a variety of core services to help children, families, and professionals including:

Projects

The Simon Technology Center also operates several projects with specific focuses such as:

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Upcoming STC Workshops & Events


  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Morning Session: Appy Hour - From Beginning Writer to Published Author

    Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    Time: 10:00am-11:00am
    Join us for ‘Appy Hour’ where we’ll explore a variety of apps in a specific category. In this fast-paced, informal event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will demonstrate apps for writing. For some students, writing can be a difficult task. Whether it’s the physical act of handwriting, or getting thoughts down on paper, there are many apps available to help students of all ages improve their writing. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with what you like about it, and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Evening Session: Appy Hour - From Beginning Writer to Published Author

    Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Join us for ‘Appy Hour’ where we’ll explore a variety of apps in a specific category. In this fast paced informal event staff from the Simon Technology Center will demonstrate apps for writing. For some students, writing can be a difficult task. Whether it’s the physical act of handwriting, or getting thoughts down on paper there are many apps available to help students of all ages improve their writing. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Managing Life the Smart Way with Technology for Teens

    Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Does managing your homework, time, and health sometimes feel overwhelming? There are ways technology can help! Participants will learn how today's technology, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, can help you more independently manage your school work, time, and wellness. Family strategies for using technology to foster independence will also be discussed. This workshop is designed for students in middle school and up, their parents, and the professionals that work with them.
  • STC Family Fun Day and Tech Expo

    Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
    Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
    From high-tech gadgets to technology that supports everything from play to learning to employment, there will be plenty to explore and try at the Simon Technology Center Family Fun Day and Tech Expo. Come to PACER Center to explore the possibilities of assistive technology and enjoy interacting with a variety of devices for children, teens, and adults. Attend mini sessions to see iPad app demonstrations, get creative with accessible art and do-it-yourself technology, learn about PACER’s resources, and more. This event is free but advance registration is required.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    New Technologies, New Opportunities: The Changing World of Assistive Technology - A Focus on Wearables

    Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Participants in this workshop will learn about wearable technology and the ways this technology trend helps people with disabilities. They will learn about technology to help monitor health, behavior and more.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Evening Session: Appy Hour Event - A Focus on Math:

    Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Join us for ‘Appy Hour’ where we’ll explore a variety of apps in a specific category. In this fast paced informal event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest math app offerings. See apps that go beyond flash cards and drills- apps that help cultivate number sense and problem solving. Also see apps that teach advanced algebra and geometry concepts without the distraction of numbers. We will also cover virtual manipulatives and apps for visual learners. These apps will cover skills taught in grades 3-12. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Morning Session: Appy Hour Event - A Focus on Math

    Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
    Time: 10:00am-11:00am
    Join us for ‘Appy Hour’ where we’ll explore a variety of apps in a specific category. In this fast-paced, informal event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest math app offerings. See apps that go beyond flash cards and drills: apps that help cultivate number sense and problem solving. Also see apps that teach advanced algebra and geometry concepts without the distraction of numbers. Additionally, we'll cover virtual manipulatives and apps for visual learners. These apps will cover skills taught in grades 3-12. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with what you like about it, and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

The Simon Technology and its projects are generously sponsored by private donations and the following foundations: 3M, Boston Scientific, Donaldson Foundation, Ecolab, Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, Grotto  Foundation, IBM, Medtronic, Minneapolis Rotary Community Service Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, Schulze Family Foundation, Verizon, and  Xcel Energy. In kind support provided by Accenture and Target.

 

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