Karten Network

The Karten Network – Overview

The Karten Network is a network of IT centres for disabled people. The centres are funded through the Ian Karten Charitable Trust, with the purpose of improving the quality of life and independence of adult people with congenital or acquired physical, cognitive, sensory, learning disabilities or mental health problems. The Karten Centres provide a supportive learning environment together with access to the latest in adaptive computer technology, and are located in a wide range of host organisations.

TechAbility Assistive Technologist

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an Assistive Technologist to join the Natspec TechAbility service and team. This post is being supported by the Ian Karten Charitable Trust and the post-holder will have significant impact throughout Karten Centres and Natspec member organisations. We are delighted to have the chance to recruit to such an important position and we are hoping to receive a very high calibre field of applicants. Read more about the role

2017 Karten Network Events

We are pleased to announce the upcoming 2017 Karten Network Events. There will be 3 webinars to be held on: Thursday 23 November 16.00 – 17.00 Thursday 30 November 12.30 – 13.30 Thursday 7 December 16.00 – 17.00 Each webinar will include network news, updates and a themed delivery slot with facilitated discussion. Details regarding the themes to be announced, but they will be delivered by experts in the field. On 30 November the webinar will be streamed from Beacon one of our Karten Centres. Very kindly the CEO of Beacon Arwyn Jones and Matt Harrison, Beacon’s new Technical Services Manager, have offered us the opportunity to run a Karten … Read the full 2017 Karten Network Events article.

Funding update – September 2017

Trustees of the Ian Karten Charitable Trust met in September and approved funding for additional equipment at the following Karten Centres: David Lewis – College and Eduprint Derwen College – Karten Print FitzRoy Malvern FitzRoy Petersfield Hedleys – Karten Media Suite Homefield College – Sip and Surf Lufton College and Lufton Manor Farm Ono Academic College Queen Alexandra College – Creative Media Vision North Somerset White Lodge Centre Young Epilepsy – St Piers College Trustees also supported applications from New Centres: Hopes Hamlet, Hope School and College Natspec – TechAbility Trustees were impressed with the high quality and the diversity of applications received. The range of technology requested included: iPads … Read the full Funding update – September 2017 article.

Funding Applications Closed for September 2017

The deadline for funding applications for the next Trustees’ meeting has now passed. I am delighted to report that I have received lots of high quality applications from our Centres. The next funding deadline is 12 noon on Friday 19th January 2018. I look forward to letting you know about the exciting projects Trustees decide to support in our September newsletter. Dawn Green, Karten Network Development Co-ordinator Read the full Funding Applications Closed for September 2017 article.