Motor Neurone Disease Association UK

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Hold a range of specialist communication aid equipment which can be loaned to people with MND to ensure the equipment is suitable for their needs, including equipment to carry out voice banking. The equipment is also be available to speech and language therapists (SLTs) so that they have access to the best possible
equipment to carry out trials for people with MND.

Centre specialisms:

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Centre Address

David Niven House, 10-15 Notre Dame Mews, Northampton, NN1 2BG

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Karten Centre Manager

Matthew Hollis

Contact Details


01604 611767


Host Organisation

MND Association

Host Organisation Address

David Niven House, 10-15 Notre Dame Mews, Northampton, NN1 2BG

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

November 2016


Health and social care professionals (e.g. speech and language therapists, occupational therapists)
People with MND


Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.

There is currently no cure, and more than 50% of people will die within 2 years of diagnosis.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

  • SL40 Lightwriter x 2
  • SL40 Scanning Lightwriter x 2
  • Allora 2 text-to-speech x 1
  • Allora 2 text-to-speech with SMS and envrionmental control x 2
  • Micro voice amplifier x 1
  • Monacor Wap 3 voice amplifier x 2
  • iPad Air 2 32GB W-fi only x 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A x 1
  • Laptop x 4
  • Headset microphone x 6

Assistive Technology


  • SL40 Lightwriter
  • SL40 Scanning Lightwriter
  • Allora 2 text-to-speech
  • Allora 2 text-to-speech with SMS and envrionmental control
  • Micro voice amplifier
  • Monacor Wap 3 voice amplifier
  • iPad Air 2 32GB W-fi only
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A
  • Laptop
  • Headset microphone
  • Switches
  • E-Tran frame
  • Megabee
  • Eye gaze


  • Predictable app
  • Chatable app
  • Proloquo2Go app
  • Proloquo4Text app
  • ModelTalker
  • CereVoice Me
  • My-own-voice
  • VocaliD
  • iTunes

Karten Centre Staff

N/A - loan service only

Karten Centre Hours

N/A - loan service only

Services offered to the Network

Advice on types of equipment
Possible loan of equipment to other centres if not required by people with MND


Credit Suisse - MND Association is 2017 Charity of the Year.