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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:

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PACER’s Simon Technology Center is thrilled to add some new, cutting edge technology.

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  • Tobii Eye Mobile.

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Featured Services and Projects

  • The STC Lending Library has launched a new modern online catalog of items!

    With more than 1,900 items, the Lending Library lets you try out and borrow some of the newest educational and disability-specific software and devices on the market including:

    • Text-to-speech software for reading accessibility
    • Speech-to-text software for improved written communication
    • Universally designed toys for playtime accessibility and inclusion
    • Communication devices for communication freedom
    • Computer access adaptations for independence
    • Talking calculators for improved independence with math

    The Simon Technology Center Lending Library allows you to try assistive technology before making a purchase decision and is open to Minnesota residents.  Families, educators, and consumers who become library members benefit from personalized assistance, convenient hours and services.  As a member, you can:

    • Receive personal assistance in selecting and checking out materials.
    • Try out devices and software.
    • Reserve, check-out, or renew items online, by phone, email or in person.
    • Schedule quick pick-up during regular business hours or library open hours.
    • Have items mailed to you for free if you live in Greater Minnesota.

    Become a member today.

Upcoming Webinars / Events / Conferences

  • Assistive Technology (AT) for Writing

    Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm CT

    For some students, writing can be a very hard skill to master. Whether a student struggles with getting their thoughts down on paper, spelling, grammar, or bibliographies, assistive technology or AT can help. Through the use of AT, students can minimize their frustration with writing by using ‘alternative pencils’ or a different way of writing via tools that support various aspects of the writing process to show what they know. Livestream only event.

  • Study Skills 1: Research and Note-taking Skills

    Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
    Time: 11:30am – 12:30 pm CT

    This CTD event is the first of a 3-part series focusing on assistive technology for study skills. Researching and taking notes is an important activity central to the academic lives of many teens and adults. This webinar for parents begins with a discussion of the purpose of note-taking and useful strategies to employ. Tools include a range of technology supports for taking notes while listening to information and instruction, taking notes while reading, and organizing the information. Demonstrations will include a smart pen, audio recording apps, research tools, and mind mapping. Livestream only event.

  • Study Skills 2: Multi-Sensory Learning and Review

    Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2018
    Time: 11:30am – 12:30 pm CT

    This CTD event is the second of a 3-part series focusing on study skills. Students are often not aware of the most effective ways to review information and deepen their learning. Strategies presented for review and learning will include a look at mnemonics, as well as tools that utilize our various senses. Learning can be enhanced with tools that engage us with information in a multisensory manner, a combination of 2 or more senses such as visual, auditory, vestibular (movement), or tactile (kinesthetic). The presentation will also cover resources for research, homework help, and supplementary learning through online courses. Livestream only event.

  • Study Skills 3: Managing Focus and Attention

    Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
    Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CT

    This CTD event is the third of a 3-part series focusing on study skills. Managing one’s focus and attention can be challenging for students of all ages, and yet often crucial for academic success. This webinar will cover strategies for boosting one’s focus. Demonstrations will include timers that support focus, apps to track smartphone use, and tools to manage online distractions. The presenters will also discuss methods and strategies to support attention that incorporate the visual, auditory, tactile, and vestibular senses. Livestream only event.

  • Assistive Technology: What it is and How to Use it

    Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT

    Students with disabilities can benefit from using assistive technology (AT) to support a wide variety of skills. But what is assistive technology and how do you select and appropriately use it? In this introductory CTD event, we’ll cover what assistive technology is, the legal consideration process for choosing assistive technology and some of the different types of tools that are available for students of all ages. Livestream only event.

Upcoming STC Workshops & Events


The Simon Technology and its projects are generously sponsored by private donations and the following foundations: 3M, Best Buy, 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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