Vision North Somerset

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

The CTEC centre offers an assessment to visually impaired people to explore their IT needs. This could involve the use of speech or magnification software on a computer, tablet or phone. Once the need has been established one to one learning is provided by trained volunteers, most of whom are visually impaired themselves. We work closely with our clients to establish their needs and help them to gain confidence and live more independently, and, if appropriate, we will refer them to other services provided by Vision North Somerset or other organisations.

Centre specialisms:

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Centre Address

3 Neva Road, Weston super Mare, BS23 1YD

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Karten Centre Manager

Nina Farr

Contact Details


01934 419393


Host Organisation

Vision North Somerset

Host Organisation Address

3 Neva Road, Weston super Mare, BS23 1YD

Centre setting

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Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

January 2015


Our clients are all visually impaired, part-time learners. We offer one to one sessions with a trained volunteer to learn new skills, improve confidence and unlock the huge potential for improving independence and quality of life that technology affords.

Typical ages of clients

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Clients are all visually impaired. Some have no sight others may have a significant visual impairment. Some have additional disabilities.

Type/s of disabilties

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Technology used in the Karten Centre

  • 4 idesks with built in computers, adjustable screens, headphones
  • 1 CafĂ© idesk adjustable height, adjustable screen
  • 3 iPads
  • 1 pad pro
  • 2 iPhones
  • 1 Apple Mac
  • 1 Amazon Echo
  • 1 Google Home
  • 1 Android phone
  • 1 Android tablet
  • 1 Trekker Breeze

Assistive Technology

  • Zoom Text
  • Azabat
  • Jaws
  • NVDA
  • Voiceover
  • Talkback
  • Guide Connect
  • VoiceView
  • Orbit Reader 20

Karten Centre Staff

1 Assessor (part time)
Volunteers (part time)

Karten Centre Hours

Wednesday am/pm

Services offered to the Network

Although we do not provide a service other than to visually impaired people, we can advise/discuss provide information about accessibility for visually impaired people regarding equipment, screen readers, web sites etc.


We work in partnership with:
- North Somerset Council to provide statutory services for people with sensory loss.
- The Macular Society
- Visionary
- North Somerset Health and Wellbeing Collective

Additional Information

Vision North Somerset provides help and support to 1,600 visually impaired people throughout North Somerset. For more information please visit our website.