Services/focus of the Karten Centre
Share offers a range of vocational and personal development training programmes. Although we run digital skills programmes for people wanting to focus on computer skills, digital inclusion runs through all of our programmes from music to horticulture.
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64 Altenburg Gardens, London, SW11 1JL
Karten Centre Manager
0207 801 9817
Host Organisation Address
64 Altenburg Gardens, London SW11 1JL
Karten Centre Website
Our clients are mostly adults with a range of disabilities, but primarily learning disabilities. Over 30% of those also have autism. Our age range is generally 18-65, but we do have some projects that work with younger people (eg work with a local school for deaf children) and we don't require people to leave once they reach 65. We're a structured day service offering accredited training and independent living skills. We also run two social enterprises that offer work experience and employability training. We run a specialist employment service for people who've experienced severe mental ill health.
Mostly learning disabilities. Increasingly people being referred to Share also have autism. Many have particular communication needs and we're increasingly turning to technology to help us to enable and enhance communication.
Technology used in the Karten Centre
PCs in the original suite; tablets; 4D Creative immersive learning space; adaptive equipment
Applications such as Proloquo; Pictello; talking photo albums; QR codes; Socrative; Aurasma
The list changes all the time. We have a touch screen computer with a large screen ; large print keyboards; and more.
Karten Centre Staff
Throughout the organisation there are 28 staff. Two have a specific technology role, with the Head of Training also being very hands on with the digital skills training and development
Karten Centre Hours
Monday to Friday 10-4
Immersive space can be hired at other times.
Services offered to the Network
We'd be happy to share our experience and what we've learned on our digital journey! We're pretty good at using the talking photo albums to aid people's memory and retention of information. We use iPads to record a lot of work to build portfolios. We also use communication apps, and have used Pictello quite a bit.
We're working with Matt Harrison of Copper Blue Technology to enhance our use of digital, upskill our teaching staff, and help us to complete our digital strategy. This work has been funded by the National Lottery's Awards for All programme.
We work with Action on Hearing Loss, but not utilising digital particularly.
There are currently two Karten Centre's at Share Community:
1) The Karten CTEC Centre - established in 2000
2) The Ian and Mildred Karten Immersive Learning Centre - established in 2015