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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

  • PODD: Pragmatic Organization of Dynamic Displays – Two day introductory training

    Date: Thursday, January 05, 2017
    Time: 8:00am-4:30pm
    PODD Training is a two-day course (1/5 and 1/6) that will demonstrate the use of a Pragmatic Organization of Dynamic Display (PODD) approach developed by Gayle Porter. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on practice with the 2 most used PODD communication books. There will be demonstration models of over 15 types of PODD books for participants to view throughout the training. Presenter: Kelly S. Fonner, MS, Educational & Assistive Technology Consultation & Training. The registration fee is $200. The event is limited to 40 participants. Certificate of Attendance offered.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Morning Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and Phonetics

    Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
    Time: 10:00am-11:00am
    In this fast paced informal sharing event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support spelling and phonetics. See apps that support students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). These apps focus on phonetics and spelling and offer interactive practice of how letters form sounds. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Evening Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and Phonetics

    Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    In this fast paced informal sharing event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support spelling and phonetics. See apps that support students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). These apps focus on phonetics and spelling and offer interactive practice of how letters form sounds. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Going to School: Telepresence and Robotics

    Date: Monday, January 30, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Students with disabilities or health concerns that keep them out of school now have a way to fully participate in their classrooms. They can be virtually present using telepresence and robotic technology . In this workshop, we will explore telepresence and robotic technologies that can be used in the classroom, discuss challenges and share success stories.

  • Live Stream Event Availible

    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for Math

    Date: Thursday, February 02, 2017
    Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is a framework for understanding how to provide educational materials that meets the varied needs of learners. This workshop will explore various methods and tools that can provide experiences that are accessible and allow students to demonstrate their learning of math concepts.

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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