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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.


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


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

New in the STC LibraryVGo Robot

PACER’s Simon Technology Center is thrilled to add some new, cutting edge technology.

  • VGo Robot
  • UbiDuo Wireless Face to Face Communicato
  • Tobii Eye Mobile.

Check Them Out!

Upcoming STC Workshops

  • Simon Technology Center Low Vision Open House

    Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
    Perhaps your eyesight is not what it used to be. Regardless of the cause, low vision conditions can be challenging, but there is now assistive technology (AT) available that can really help. Join PACER's Simon Technology Center (STC) for a special Happy Hour event to learn about available technology to enhance your vision. For more information, e-mail or call (952) 838-9000.
  • Simon Technology Centerís Family Fun Day and Tech Expo

    Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
    Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
    Children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them can discover the latest in assistive technology (AT), and take part in a variety of hands-on fun during the Simon Technology Centerís Family Fun Day and Tech Expo! During this free event, participants will be able to touch, see, and try a variety of assistive technology, including AT that supports play, learning, working, and more. From simple apps to high-tech gadgets, this event enables families to explore the exciting possibilities of assistive technology, and have fun at the same time. The activities are appropriate for all ages, and the event will showcase technology options for infants and toddlers, children, teens, and adults. Registration required
  • Computer Based Supports for Struggling Learners

    Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    Time: 1:00pm-3:30pm
    Large numbers of students, including those with disabilities, struggle with reading and writing, but much of the assistive technology (AT) designed to help them is still lacking. Through demonstrations and discussion, participants in this workshop will gain a better understanding of how to use AT supports such as text-to-speech, word prediction, text and picture dictionaries, annotations, and more to help students improve their reading and writing. Presented in collaboration with TextHelp.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Creating and Using Visual Supports with Young Children

    Date: Tuesday, November 04, 2014
    Time: 6:30-8:00pm
    Visual supports can help your child successfully participate in daily routines and learn new skills. In this workshop, parents will learn the basics of creating and using effective visual supports at home and in the community.

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.


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