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.
Little Kids, Big Differences Assistive Technology Workshop Series: Assistive Technology in the Home and Community
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
There are many tools that can assist your young child in both the home and the community. At this workshop in our Little Kids, Big Differences workshop series, parents will learn about technology to help with daily routines and activities such as playing, eating, shopping, and more.
Little Kids, Big Differences Assistive Technology Workshop Series: Assistive Technology in the IFSP and IEP
Date: Thursday, May 08, 2014
At this workshop in our Little Kids, Big Differences workshop series, parents will learn about the process for including assistive technology in the IFSP and IEP and will learn how tobecome a technology advocate for their child.
Literacy for All: Everyone Needs a Way to Communicate
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
The ability to communicate thoughts and feelings is powerful but a child with a significant disability may not be able to communicate with his or her voice. This workshop will explore communication options and strategies to help children with significant disabilities use augmentative alternative communication to develop their voice. (Live captioning available).
Building with LEGO is a lot of fun, but have you ever tried to make a motorized machine using the colorful blocks? Don’t miss this exciting hands-on workshop for middle school girls with disabilities that will focus on building techniques, basic programming, and simple machines using LEGO. Led by the Green Girls – a team of middle school students from Eagan Robotics – this workshop will give participants the opportunity to design and build something cool that moves on its own. Come discover the basics about robotics and programming, and learn about LEGO Mindstorm kits and how to start a LEGO Robotics team.
An in-depth Look at iOS 7’s Accessibility Features
Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
iOS 7, the latest iPhone and iPad operating system, has a new look and new accessibility features. This workshop will explore the following in detail: Switch Control, with built in support for switch access users; VoiceOver, with built in support for blind users; AssistiveTouch which allows users to turn a single touch into a powerful gesture; and share tips and tricks to make touch devices more accessible.
Little Kids, Big Differences Assistive Technology Workshop Series: Mobile Technology
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tablet computers and smartphones can be powerful tools for learning and communication. At this workshop in our Little Kids, Big Differences workshop series, parents will learn more about how this technology can help young children in the home, community, and classroom.
Beat the Summer Slump: Technology Tools to Keep Your Students Engaged
Date: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Research shows that many students regress during the summer and begin the next school year behind where they were before. Parents and professionals who participate in this free workshop will learn about new assistive technology (AT) tools to help elementary school students avoid the summer slump, including websites, apps and other engaging ways to keep students reading and writing.
Science or Science Fiction? Star Wars Meets Technology for Kids
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to build a real droid? Can the “Force” actually be with you? Can you really fly from one planet to another in an X-Wing fighter? Your favorite “Star Wars” character in full costume will provide the answers to these and other important scientific questions as middle school students with disabilities learn about the science behind science fiction. Hosted by IBM and presented by members of the 501st Legion, Central Garrison, this interactive workshop will explore the science of “Star Wars” in a fun and engaging way.
The Simon Technology and it’s 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.