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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

    eBooks and Reading Tools for Teens

    Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
    Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Discover a variety of reading tools and digital reading material that can be helpful for reading comprehension. For example, hearing text spoken aloud can provide beneficial reading support. Learn about eBooks and other digital reading material, where to find them, and what tools to use. The options presented are most appropriate for transition age youth who understand language and vocabulary at their grade level.

  • 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.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Solutions to Help Children Self-Regulate: Discover the science behind Deep Pressure Therapy (Snug Vest)

    Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
    We are all aware of the five senses, but did you know there are two more? Attendees at this workshop will discover how proprioception and the vestibular sense impact individuals with sensory and developmental disorders, and how Deep Pressure Therapy can help regulate the sensory system. Easy techniques for home, the classroom and the community help reduce anxiety in individuals of all ages, resulting in increased focus, improved learning, and reduced sensory overload. Find out about assistive technology that can help users self-regulate throughout the day, and the research behind Deep Pressure Therapy. This session will be led by Snug Vest CEO Lisa Fraser.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Today's Top Online Assistive Technology Resources

    Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Whether you learn best from social media, blogs, podcasts, or videos, this presentation has some of your new favorite resources for learning about assistive technology online! Resources covering a wide variety of topics and age ranges will be discussed and organized based on different online learning styles (reading, listening/watching, connecting).

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Assistive Technology for Social-Emotional Development of Young Children

    Date: Monday, November 07, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    This is a workshop designed for parents and professionals to learn about the wide range of assistive technology available to help support the social-emotional development of young children up to age 8. Participants will learn about specific technology, apps, and resources available.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Online Reading and Writing Tools for Teens

    Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Teens will learn how assistive technology tools for the Google Chrome web browser can help them read and write in a more personalized and effective way. These free and low cost tools can help teens read webpages, organize their ideas for a paper, write using their voice and more! This workshop is designed for teens, and their parents and educators.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Morning Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and Phonetics

    Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
    Time: 10:00am-11:00am
    In this fast paced informal sharing event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support spelling and phonetics. See apps that support students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). These apps focus on phonetics and spelling and offer interactive practice of how letters form sounds. 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

    Evening Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and Phonetics

    Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    In this fast paced informal sharing event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support spelling and phonetics. See apps that support students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). These apps focus on phonetics and spelling and offer interactive practice of how letters form sounds. 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.

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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