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.
From high-tech gadgets to technology that supports everything from play to learning to employment, there will be plenty to explore and try at the Simon Technology Center Family Fun Day & Tech Expo. Children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them can explore the possibilities of assistive technology and enjoy interacting with a variety of devices for infants, toddlers, children, teens, and adults. Enjoy hands-on activities with technology, a live band, food offerings, create spin-art, tie-dye a shirt, enjoy a meet-and-greet with super heroes and more. Children can create their own super hero cape. Capes are not required but provided at the door to the first 150 kids. The event is free but advance registration is required.
This workshop is for students preparing to make the transition to higher education. Students, their parents, and professionals will learn about apps, extensions, and resources available on Google Chrome to help with writing, organization, research, and more, including Google services and online resources for college students. The workshop will include both presentation and demonstration.
Going to School: Telepresence and
Robotics in the Classroom
Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
For students with a disability or a special health
care need that prevents them from attending
school, telepresence and robotic technology
can offer access to learning and the classroom.
This workshop will explore telepresence and
robotic technologies for students, discuss
challenges that may arise, and offer success
Leveraging Technology to Improve
Date: Thursday, October 08, 2015
Executive function skills are vital for daily living. Challenges with these abilities may appear at any age and can change over time. This workshop will explore tools and strategies to help with attention, memory, planning, organization, time management, and self-monitoring. A person-first framework will be used to consider and select the right tools to help individuals with disabilities move toward independence in a variety of settings including education and employment for transition ages.
Do the Math: Mastering the Basics Adds up to Success
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Participants will learn about the math skills employers are now expecting employees to have. Math is part of making decisions and reasoning, and basic math skills are used in the workplace when purchasing and ordering supplies, following a budget, even managing your vacation time. Discover which technologies can help you brush up on your skills and make sense of this important skill.
Learn About Assistive Technology Online: Helpful resources for parents and educators
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Whether you are new to assistive technology (AT) or a seasoned parent or professional, this workshop will provide valuable AT information and resources. Topics include resources for webinars, articles, and social media to make learning about AT fun and impactful. Content provided by the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD), a leader in educating the community about AT and IT through informative online content.
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.