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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:

EX.I.T.E. Camp

(EXploring Interests in Technology and Engineering)

A 5-Day Camp in August for middle school girls (6th-9th grades) with disabilities.

Application deadline: May 1st

It's FREE, Learn More and Register Now about EXITE Camp

Upcoming STC Workshops & Events


  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Show What You Know Your Way: New Ways to Complete Assignments with Technology

    Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    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.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    New Technology for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs

    Date: Tuesday, May 05, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    There are countless new technology tools available to support individuals with complex communication needs. Workshop participants will learn about these new products and how to maximize the device’s capabilities by looking at simple techniques to improve language outcomes.
  • Technology for Girls: Engineering Structures

    Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
    Time: 10:00am-11:30am
    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.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    The Device is on – Now What? Practical Implementation Strategies to Support Individuals with Complex Communication Needs on AAC Systems

    Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    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.
    Location: PACER Center

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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