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.
21st Century Professional Development: New Avenues, New Opportunities
Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm CST
Today’s professional development tools offer educators more ways to grow professionally than ever before! With so many options available, it can be hard to know where to start. In this exciting webinar led by Chris Bugaj, assistive technology strategist and host of the Assistive Technology: Tools in Public Schools podcast (A.T.TIPSCAST), participants will learn new time efficient and practical ideas for professional development. Tips and resources for utilizing multimedia- and social media-driven professional development will be provided and discussed.
Designed for Success: Early Childhood Literacy Resources
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Participants will learn how to create an inclusive early childhood (birth to 5) learning environment with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) literacy materials, and modify print books for children with visual impairments, sensory needs, and mobility difficulties
Personalized Learning with Assistive Technology (AT)
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Participants will discover how to match technology devices with personalized AT tools on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome) to meet their specific learning needs, including reading, writing, research, and note taking.
Twitter 101: Using Social Media for Professional Development
Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Parents and professionals are using social media to learn, and tools such as Twitter are an efficient way to gather resources, gain insights, and collaborate in a global environment at no cost. Participants will learn the basics of Twitter, how to used it for assistive technology and other resources, and find other users with similar interests. Features such as hashtags, mentions, direct messages, and scheduled chats will be discussed. Participants will then join in a live Twitter conversation guided by the presenter.
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.
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.