Cedar Foundation, Balmoral Training and Resource Centre

Centre Address

The Cedar Foundation 1 Upper Lisburn Road Belfast BT10 OGW

Karten Centre Manager

Michael Blair

Contact Details

Phone:

02890612424


E-mail:

m.blair@cedar-foundation.org

Host Organisation

The Cedar Foundation

Host Organisation Address

Head Office 31 Ulsterville Avenue Belfast BT9 7AS

Karten Centre Website

http://www.cedar-foundation.org

Centre Established

June 2007

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

The Karten CTEC centre based in Belfast plays a key role in supporting Cedar's vision of an inclusive society for all. As part of Cedar's Inclusion Works program based in Belfast the centre supports adults with a wide range of disabilities. The focus of this program is to support participants to gain qualifications, develop the skills required to find a job or get involved in the community. In order to achieve this the centre provides assessment and training in both Assistive Technologies and essentials IT skills. Using a person centred approach participants are given the opportunity to try out suitable ATs and training is provided in order that the technology can be used independently. Specifically the centre provides accredited training in OCR Digital Employability and IT Life and Living Skills. In addition, as part of Cedar’s outreach work, training in AT is provided to employers, occupational therapists, carers or volunteers and /or other professionals.

Clients

Cedar's Inclusion Works program is are aimed at people (age 16+) with disabilities including physical and sensory disabilities, brain injury and individuals with a diagnosis of ASD or long-term health conditions. Cedar targets those furthest from the labour market or those at an earlier stage in defining their vocational objectives and the support needed to achieve them

Disabilities

A wide range of physical disabilities including visual impairment, hearing impairment, brain injury and autism.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

PCs, iPads, Android tablets, Tobii eye gaze, Smart Phones, Laptops, Adjustable desks, adaptive mouse/keyboard

Assistive Technology

The centre utilises a wide variety of Assistive Technologies as described below...

Tobii PC Eye and PC Eye Go eye tracking devices
A variety of alternative mice and keyboards
A variety of switches (including bluetooth switches for use with mobile devices)
Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice Recognition Software
Jaws and The Guide screenreaders
Grid2
Accessibillity features built into PCs, Tablets and smartphones

Karten Centre Staff

2 training officer, 1 full time and 1 part time

Karten Centre Hours

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Services offered to the Network

Advice on accessibility features of a variety of different digital devices and information on assistive/adaptive technology.