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.
Ready, AIM, Go: A Hands on Experience Learning About Reading Accessibility
Improve the reading experience; discover the power of Accessible Instructional Materials! There are many who benefit greatly from using reading content that is formatted in audio, digital, Braille, and large print. Come join us in our computer lab for a fun hands-on learning experience. You will learn about accessible instructional materials (AIM); what it is, how to find it, and how to read it. Presenters will demonstrate software and hardware options, including mobile technology options such as apps for smartphones and tablets. A variety of software will be available on the computers for hands-on exploration.
If you, or someone you know, has macular degeneration or other low vision conditions, donít miss this FREE event! The event will feature hands-on demonstrations of the latest technology available for people with low vision. Low vision technology can help individuals read, write, see loved ones and enjoy hobbies again! A Pebble mini will be raffled valued at $295! Light refreshments will be served. Low vision technology made available by Enhanced Vision.
Cool Tools for Back to School: Mobile Technology and More
Come ready to be impressed by sleek and slick tools for back to school. We will cover cool tools for students in middle school through post-secondary. Android and iOS apps, software and hardware will be demonstrated for reading, writing and organization. Itís all about: smaller, lighter, faster, easier, cooler, newer and MORE FUN!
Assistive Technology for Social Skills and Behavioral Support for Early Learners
When many people think about assistive technology (AT), they often think of tools for communication and academic skills. But did you know that AT can also be used to develop social skills and address behavioral needs? Assistive technology can be used to teach skills that children use to focus, calm and redirect themselves for positive peer interaction and behavior management. These skills are particularly important for young children who are just beginning to learn these essential skills. In this workshop, we will explore no tech, low tech, and high tech solutions for social and behavioral supports for young children and discuss how to effectively integrate this AT into your daily routines. The information presented will be appropriate for both families with young children and early childhood professionals.
Assistive Technology for Beginners: Matching Technology with Need
Technology of all kinds can have a powerful impact in helping children reach their full potential. This workshop will introduce participants to the continuum of assistive technology options available and how to think about matching need with the appropriate technology. A range of options on the continuum of Assistive Technology in a variety of categories will be presented. A variety of AT will be on display.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | 6:00pm-8:00pm (PACER Center)
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.