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.
Living Independently with a Cognitive Disability: How technology can help
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM CT
Presenter: Daniel K. Davies, Founder and President of AbleLink Technologies, Inc.
Technology offers a world of opportunity for individuals with cognitive disabilities who are seeking to live independently. This presentation will give parents and professionals a greater awareness of the many ways person-centered technology can support the skills needed for independent living. Presented by Daniel K. Davies, Founder and President of AbleLink Technologies, Inc., a leader in the field of cognitive technology for independent living.
Notetaking Technologies for Middle School, High School, College, and Beyond
Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm CT
Presenter: Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Whether taking notes in class, gathering web research, or creating a textbook study guide, student success relies on the ability to effectively capture, organize, and apply information from a variety of sources.
Join AT Consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates notetaking and knowledge organization tools to help students who have learning differences, including smartpens, digital notebooks, annotation software, and multifunctional apps. The presentation will also describe notetaking and study strategies that leverage these technologies and is for students and the parents and professionals that support them.
Tablets are very popular devices but their built-in accessibility features are often unexplored. In this workshop, participants will learn about the many accessibility features on Apple and Android tablets that can open up new possibilities for you, your child, or your students.
Time Flies: Tools to Help with Task Planning & Time Management
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Task planning and time management are critical life skills for academic, vocational, and personal success. Some individuals need extra support with these executive function skills. This workshop will explore various tools and strategies to help, including task lists, calendars, reminders, timers, and more.
Keyboarding is an essential skill in today’s world. For some students with disabilities, typing on a traditional keyboard can be challenging. In this workshop, we’ll explore Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, keyboard apps for the iPad, and alternative keyboards for the computer to help support students.
Managing Life the Smart Way with Technology for Teens
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
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.
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.