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.

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.


EyeControl, an Israeli based company are developing an eye controlled communication device that does not require a screen to be placed in front of the user. The existing devices are very expensive and even if the patient can afford them, the devices require a calibration for every use and a dedicated computer alongside. The current devices limit the communication span to times when the patients are situated in front of a computer screen. They do not enable the patient to communicate in countless situations, varying from lying in bed or being on the go (e.g. wheelchair, car etc.). These limitations are inconvenient for the patients, but much more important – … Read the full EyeControl article.

Funding update – March 2017

Trustees met in March to consider applications for additional funding and were pleased to award grants to the following organisations: Cedar Foundation – Belfast and Ballymena, Northern Ireland IrsALS – throughout Israel Kisharon – Hendon, North London Portland College – Mansfield, Nottinghamshire The Royal Manchester College, Seashell Trust – Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire Treloar’s College – Alton, Hampshire Watch this space for exciting news and updates as our centres upgrade their equipment. The deadline for applications to be submitted for the Trustees’ meeting in September is 14 July 2017. Applications should be emailed to dawn@karten-network.org.uk. Please ensure that Dawn is aware that you are planning to submit an application as she … Read the full Funding update – March 2017 article.