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.
- Augmented Reality
- Environmental Controls
- Interactive Gaming
- Mobile Device Management
- Mobile Technology
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The Cedar Foundation 1 Upper Lisburn Road Belfast BT10 OGW
Karten Centre Manager
The Cedar Foundation
Host Organisation Address
Head Office 31 Ulsterville Avenue Belfast BT9 7AS
Karten Centre Website
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
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
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
Accessibillity features built into PCs, Tablets and smartphones
Karten Centre Staff
2 training officer, 1 full time and 1 part time
Karten Centre Hours
Services offered to the Network
Advice on accessibility features of a variety of different digital devices and information on assistive/adaptive technology.