Beaumont College

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Uses range of technology to provide accessible learning programmes for young people with complex disabilities.

Centre specialisms:

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Centre Address

Slyne Road, Lancaster, LA2 6AP

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Karten Centre Manager

Dave Crow

Contact Details


01524 541400


Host Organisation

Beaumont College

Host Organisation Address

Slyne Road, Lancaster, LA2 6AP

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

January 2001


Full time and part time, residential and day students.


Range of physical and learning disabilities including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, sensory impairments, etc.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

Karten funded suite of PCs with accessible desks, height adjustable monitors and accessible mice and keyboards.

Karten funded large scale printing facility.

Karten funded mobile technology (iPads, MS Surfaces and Mobile Deployment Management system).

A wide range of assistive technology and communication devices to meet individual needs of the students.

A selection of new technology for development/trial purposes such as Amazon Echo, MS Hololens, home control technologies, etc.

Assistive Technology

  • Alternative access methods - mice, keyboards, switches
  • Eye Gaze
  • Adapted 3DR Solo drone
  • Grid 2/3
  • iPads - with wide range of AT related apps
  • MS Surface
  • Switch interfaces for semi-professional photography and video equipment
  • Communication aids
  • Environmental controls
  • Online games portal - Help Kidz Learn

Karten Centre Staff

Beaumont College has approx 300 staff in total, including 3 Assistive Techologist, 2 network technicians, 1 e-learning technologist, plus front line support for technology including printing projects.
All college tutors and learning support staff involved in delivering learning through technology.

Karten Centre Hours

Beaumont College Karten Centre used for time tabled college sessions 9:30 - 3:15, Monday to Friday, but also used by students before and after sessions as well as at weekends.
Primarily used during term time, but increasing use during holiday periods for respite and 52 week placements.

Services offered to the Network

Training and guidance on Assistive Technology.
Small scale printing projects.
Web development projects - advice and training


Lancaster University - MSCi computing students complete placements to develop software applications for AT devices eg eye gaze, drone control, hololens, etc.