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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:

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 & Events


  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Assistive Technology to Support Little TIKESí Challenging Behaviors

    Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Participants will learn about technologies such as visuals and schedules, weighted items, and sensory items, to support young children with challenging behaviors.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Managing Life the Smart Way with Technology for Teens

    Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Does managing homework, time, and health sometimes feel overwhelming for your youth? Technology can help! Participants will learn how smartphones, tablets, and computers, can help students more independently manage 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, and their parents.
  • STC Family Fun Day & Tech Expo

    Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
    Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
    From high-tech gadgets to technology that supports everything from play to learning to employment, there will be plenty to explore and try at the Simon Technology Center Family Fun Day & Tech Expo. Children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them can explore the possibilities of assistive technology and enjoy interacting with a variety of devices for infants, toddlers, children, teens, and adults. Enjoy hands-on activities with technology, a live band, food offerings, create spin-art, tie-dye a shirt, enjoy a meet-and-greet with super heroes and more . Children can create their own super hero cape. Capes are not required but provided at the door to the first 150 kids. The event is free but advance registration is required.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Going to School: Telepresence and Robotics in the Classroom

    Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    For students with a disability or a special health care need that prevents them from attending school, telepresence and robotic technology can offer access to learning and the classroom. This workshop will explore telepresence and robotic technologies for students, discuss challenges that may arise, and offer success stories.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Letís Write a Story: Tools for Creating Social Stories

    Date: Thursday, October 01, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Social stories help learners understand the world and prepare for the unexpected. Workshop participants will learn about a variety of tools that can be used to create a social story.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Leveraging Technology to Improve Executive Function

    Date: Thursday, October 08, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Executive function skills are vital for daily living. Challenges with these abilities may appear at any age and can change over time. This workshop will explore tools and strategies to help with attention, memory, planning, organization, time management, and self-monitoring. A person-first framework will be used to consider and select the right tools to help individuals with disabilities move toward independence in a variety of settings including education and employment for transition ages.

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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