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.
New Technologies, New Opportunities: The Changing World of Assistive Technology
Date: Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Parents and professionals will learn about current technology trends – digital citizenship, wearable technology, 3D printing, mobile devices, and more – and their potential to help children with disabilities and learning differences.
Show What You Know Your Way: New Ways to Complete Assignments with Technology
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Computers, tablets, and smartphones can make organizing and expressing ideas easier and more enjoyable than traditional note-taking and writing. Participants will learn about apps and programs to help students show what they know in exciting new ways, and how to talk with instructors about alternative assignment formats. This workshop is designed for students in middle school and up, their parents, and professionals.
New Technology for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs
Date: Tuesday, May 05, 2015
There are countless new technology tools to support individuals with complex communication needs. Participants will learn how to find the right augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems.
When constructing a building, the possibilities are endless! Middle school girls with disabilities who participate in this fun, hands-on workshop will learn how to turn simple household items into amazing structures. They’ll learn how engineering principles are applied in the real world and how these can be used in everyday situations through hands-on exploration. The workshop will be presented by Natalie Hedberg, a high school student with experience in FIRST robotics and Project Lead the Way.
The Device is on – Now What? Practical Implementation Strategies to Support Individuals with Complex Communication Needs on AAC Systems
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
The augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device may be turned on, but is the user truly maximizing its capabilities? Participants will learn how to take an AAC user’s experience to the next level through practical implementation strategies, including modeling and simple techniques that can improve language outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs.
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.