The SMART Centre and Garden Room
Designed for deafblind people, the Sense SMART Centre and Garden Room in the West Midlands offer services and activities that enable individuals to develop their skills – from art to information communications technology (ICT) - and discover new interests.
Specialist staff provide support to meet the needs of people who may have additional disabilities by using appropriate communication methods, such as British Sign Language or the use of objects of reference.
The SMART Centre
A welcoming, stimulating and structured environment, activities are Centre-based, such as massage or ICT, or of an outward-bound type that see individuals trying rock climbing or ice skating.
Supported ICT sessions for deafblind people
Delivered in a training suite, individually tailored sessions use specialist software and technologies that enable opportunities for communication, learning and development, access to information – and fun!
Specialist ICT assessments
A Sense experienced ICT officer can conduct in-depth assessments of deafblind people’s equipment needs, advising on suitable technologies and software packages available and recommending tailored programmes of support. This service is chargeable.
Many people who have multiple disabilities are averse to touch. Such ‘tactile selectiveness’ can be reduced or become a relaxing or pleasant experience through massage therapy tailored to the person’s preferences.
The darkened room enables individuals and small groups to benefit from the use of cause and effect equipment. An interactive bubble tube, a water bed, small sensory toys and various types of interactive lighting are available.
Equipped with a range of interactive technologies for fun and learning, the multimedia room has an interactive plasma screen that enables people of all abilities to use computer programmes or watch DVDs. Also on offer is the Optimusic system. By breaking its operational light beams users are able make music or pictures or control a computer programme. The multimedia room is home to other music activities or keep-fit workouts.
Outward Bound activities
Specialist instructors run Outward Bound activities for individuals to learn new skills, improve their fitness and experience a real sense of accomplishment.
One-to-one support is available to try rock climbing or ice skating – unique sensory experiences which also improve mobility. Sailing tasters and courses can lead to individuals sailing a boat unaided. Fruit picking, rambles, canal boating and cycling offer the chance to explore new environments.
The Garden Room
With two accessible and adapted workshops, and close to the SMART Centre, individuals are supported to try arts, crafts and woodwork activities in the Garden Room.
Slip moulding, stone work and a potter’s wheel are offered in the workshop offering opportunities for self-expression and creativity in a creative environment.
Arts and crafts
Depending on the individual’s needs and interests, the art workshop offers sewing, painting and card-making, and encourages people to express themselves through art by exploring different materials and activities.
For further information please contact:
Tel: 0121 525 9484
Fax: 0121 525 6750
First published: Monday 14 May 2012
Updated: Monday 25 July 2016