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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.


The Simon Technology Center provides a variety of core services to help children, families, and professionals including:


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!

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

  • 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 ones 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 ones 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, well 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

  • Tech for Girls Club : Making Music with Water

    Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 — 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Create your own music with cups of water! This hands-on workshop will allow middle school girls with disabilities to turn glasses of water into music machines using MakeyMakey kits. Girls will become musicians for a day.
  • Tech for Girls Club : Digging for Dinosaurs

    Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 — 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Join us to see what its like to be a paleontologist! Middle school girls with disabilities will go on their own dinosaur dig to uncover fossils and put them together to create a complete dinosaur skeleton. Participants will learn about dinosaurs and the science behind paleontology.
  • Tech for Girls Club : Lego Robotics

    Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018 — 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Building with Lego is a lot of fun, but have you ever tried to make a motorized machine using the colorful blocks? Dont miss this exciting hands-on workshop for middle school girls with disabilities focusing on building techniques, basic programming, and simple machines using Lego. Led by the Green Girls, a team of middle school students from Eagan Robotics, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to design and build something cool that moves on its own.
  • Tech for Girls Club : Creatures of the Ocean

    Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 — 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet while learning about the ocean! Middle school girls with disabilities will learn about the differences between fresh water and salt water, ocean zones, and what creatures can be found in each zone. They will take a virtual field trip to explore the ocean and make their own ocean in a bottle.

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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