Fife Society for the Blind

Centre Address

Wilson Avenue, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY2 5EF

Karten Centre Manager

Hazel White

Contact Details


01592 644979


Host Organisation

Fife Society for the Blind

Host Organisation Address

Wilson Avenue, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY2 5EF

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

November 2000

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Technology can be invaluable for people with sight loss both as a tool for learning and communication, and for providing visual stimulation. By using the appropriate technology, clients can maintain independent living skills, communicate with friends and family, and pursue hobbies / entertainment. The Karten Room at Fife Society for the Blind gives blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to see what technology is available, get advice on appropriate technology, as well as the chance to try before you buy. Training is also available on using tablet and smartphone technology.


Adults with sight loss - we have around 4,700 people registered with us.
We help people who are blind and partially sighted enjoy independence in all areas of their lives.


All our clients have a visual impairment. Many have additional health problems such as diabetes, mobility problems, hearing loss etc.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

• Electronic magnifiers
• Text to speech equipment
• Mobile phones
• Tablet technology
• Magnification/speech software

Assistive Technology

• Electronic magnifiers -
(variety of standalone, portable and those which work in conjunction with TV)
• Text to speech equipment (scanning equipment)
• Mobile phones (smart technology & big button)
• Tablet technology - ipads, android tablets, synapptic tablets, kindle fire
• Magnification/speech software - Guide, zoomtext & jaws

Karten Centre Staff

2 members of the Access Technology team who work specifically in the Centre, whilst other members of the Fife Society for the Blind staff can also demonstrate some of the devices.

Karten Centre Hours

Our centre is open 9am to 5pm, 5 days a week.

Services offered to the Network

We have a good working knowledge of the range of devices which can assist those with sight loss. We also specialise in the accessibility features of tablets/smartphones and helpful apps.


We work with RNIB Online Today. "Tablet Tuesday" is held on the first Tuesday of every month 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Clients can drop-in without an appointment to get help with smart technology.

Additional Information

We hold an annual Technology Event where clients can come along and find out about new technology. A variety of exhibitors attend the event allowing clients to try out technology to help with reading, getting online, accessing books, etc.
Our next event is to be held on 3rd May 2017 at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy, 10.30am to 3.00pm.