Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Aspire provides practical support to individuals who have been paralysed following a spinal cord injury. Each Karten centre currently operates within the Occupational Therapy Department at 11 spinal centres across the UK. We work closely with Occupational Therapists to offer training to patients in a variety of Assistive Technology options, to provide independent access to their computer, tablet and smartphone.

Centre specialisms:

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Centre Address

Aspire National Training Centre, Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4AP

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Karten Centre Manager

Andrew Kell

Contact Details


0208 420 6732


Host Organisation


Host Organisation Address

Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4AP


People with a spinal cord injury, who are in-patients at a NHS spinal centre.


All of our clients have been paralysed following a spinal cord injury; affecting computer, tablet and mobile phone access.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

PCs,Tablets and smartphones

Assistive Technology

  • Dragon speech recognition software
  • Accessible mice - Trackerball, Touchpad, Joystick
  • Switch interface - Tapio, Pretorian I-switch, Swifty, TeclaDos
  • Mounts
  • Headmice - SmartNav, Trackerpro (various, for monitors, tablets and smartphones)
  • Eyegaze, Tobii PC EyeGo
  • IOS Switch Control
  • Integra 'Sip and Puff' Mouse

Karten Centre Staff

1-2 volunteers (varies between centre) working with spinal injury centre Occupational Therapists

Karten Centre Hours

During hospital hours (generally 8am-5pm), Monday to Friday. Volunteer support hours vary between centre.

Services offered to the Network

Aspire hosts an annual assistive technology training conference. This event is aimed at our assistive technology volunteers as well as health professionals who work with individuals with a spinal cord injury. This is an opportunity to trial the various types of technology used by Aspire as well as share learning.

Advice and Training on devices we support


Aspire Create (A joint research venture between Aspire, University College London & the Royal National Orthapedic Hospital, Stanmore aimed at developing research into improving the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries.)

NHS Spinal Injury Centres

Additional Information

Multiple locations across the UK

Additional areas of specialism/ focus - PC Access, Tablet Access