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.
Keyboarding is an essential skill in today’s world. For some students with disabilities, typing on a traditional keyboard can be challenging. In this workshop, we’ll explore Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, keyboard apps for the iPad, and alternative keyboards for the computer to help support students.
Technology for Girls: STEM Club, Web Design on Weebly
Date: Saturday, June 04, 2016
Bring your creativity to PACER and learn how to design a website using Weebly. In this hands-on lab session the Green Girls robotics team will lead middle school girls with disabilities through the basics of web design. Participants will learn how these critical technology skills can be applied in the real world and will create a website using the drag-and-drop website editor Weebly. Beginners welcome.
Technology for Girls: Digital Sandbox, Learn the Code
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Join us for a day of play in a digital sandbox! Middle school girls with disabilities are invited to join mentors from the University of Minnesota’s MnDrive program to see how fun programming can be. Join us to explore and learn about programming and wiring using a SparkFun Digital Sandbox. Learn the ins and outs of programming and help mentors build a robotic hand from 3D printed parts following instructions based on code you write! No experience necessary.
Managing Life the Smart Way with Technology for Teens
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
Does managing your homework, time, and health sometimes feel overwhelming? There are ways technology can help! Participants will learn how today's technology, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, can help you more independently manage your 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, their parents, and the professionals that work with them.
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.