About us

Founded in 2000, AssistiveWare has successfully established itself as a leading pioneer of assistive technology software for iOS and macOS with over 300,000 customers worldwide.

Who we are 

AssistiveWare's journey started more than 20 years ago. Giesbert Nijhuis, friend of founder David Niemeijer, became paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident. He found himself in need of an on-screen keyboard and David took on the challenge and developed one. Giesbert could now access his Mac and use Photoshop, enabling him to pick up graphic design again. This keyboard became our first product - KeyStrokes.

We're now leading assistive technology pioneers. We are committed to empowering people with communication difficulties through technology and implementation support. 

We're based in a beautifully renovated historic building in the heart of Amsterdam. Our team spans three continents, over ten nationalities and includes two office cats. We are proud to collaborate with our users to make sure our apps best serve their needs. Our users continue to play a crucial role in who we are.

What we do

We want to help build a world without communication barriers. We now support over 300,000 people around the world. Our key milestones include:

  • 2002: We developed the first universal access solution for Mac OS X, KeyStrokes 
  • 2009: Proloquo2Go is the first full featured Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for iOS 
  • 2012: We developed the world’s first children’s genuine Text to Speech voices together with Acapela Group
  • 2015: We created the first fully bilingual symbol-based AAC solution
  • 2016: AssistiveWare Core Word Classroom was born. Today over 10,000 people use this resource to learn AAC best practices.

We know there is more to do, so we'll continue to innovate and collaborate. We look forward to sharing our progress with you!

Contact us

We welcome you to get in touch with us at any time.

Meet the AssistiveWare team

‘Communication defines who we are and how we relate to others. I want to help enable everyone to communicate and make a difference in the world.’

David Niemeijer

Founder and CEO

‘I’m proud that our solutions help people connect to each other.’

Martijn Leopold

Partner and CFO/CTO

Tatjana Acimovic
‘I’m aiming to spread our message and knowledge through well-designed visuals.’

Tatjana Acimovic

Graphic Designer

‘As a longtime associate of AssistiveWare, I am committed to helping people with their access needs and learning Apple’s built-in accessibility features.’

Joe Barnick

Support Specialist

‘Support is about human interaction, just like communication is. That is the connection we strive for and that makes me feel so proud of my job.’

Enrique Ballesteros

Support Specialist

‘I believe that people without a voice deserve to be helped to find an alternative way to express their dreams, their stories, their sense of humor and their vision of life.’

Magali Barthère

Support Specialist

Maggie Casas
‘My goal at AssistiveWare is to make sure that people from all over the world discover the benefits of having access to a robust AAC system.’

Maggie Casas

Senior Communications Specialist

Tara Coghlan
‘I’m glad I can contribute to making complex and impactful products and topics understandable.’

Tara Coghlan

Communications Specialist

Nieke Frantzen
‘It’s a pleasure taking care of people who take care of people.’

Nieke Frantzen

Office Manager

‘I understand how important reliable support is to our users because 25 years ago when my son was learning how to use AAC, I was the mom asking the questions.’

Pam Harris

Support Specialist

‘With the right AAC tools, we can build language, real communication and genuine connections.’

Amanda Hartmann

Speech Language Pathologist

‘Communication is the pathway to inclusion, and I want to support our users on their journey as much as I can.’

Patty Heine

Support Specialist

Muriël Kok
‘I am entitled to listen to our (potential) users every day. It has put market research into a new perspective and really showed me the meaning of my profession.’

Muriël Kok

Senior Researcher 

Joop Laan
‘It’s an honor and a joy to be part of the team at AssistiveWare dedicated to making software that has a meaningful impact on many people’s lives.’

Joop Laan

Team Coach

Marcel Delaat
‘Good design does not only stand out, good design primarily communicates.’

Marcel de Laat

Senior Graphic Designer

Sophie Lap
‘It is a joy to work for a company making a positive contribution to the world’

Sophie Lap

Communications Specialist

‘I want people to be able to express themselves clearly and precisely, questioning, learning, fully participating, and connecting with the people around them and the wider world.’

Jennifer Marden

Speech Language Pathologist

Alegandra Montero
‘I like to teach people new eating habits using the flavors of the world.’

Alejandra Montero

Chef

Dorrit Nijhuis
‘I love what our work combines: a commitment to delivering quality products and striving to make the world a better place.’

Dorrit Nijhuis

Senior Finance Officer

‘I want everyone to be able to join the conversation, to speak up and to tell their stories; no matter their condition or abilities, and always speaking for themselves.’

José Antonio Pérez

Senior Researcher

‘We can do this! Together, we can make communication and self-determination accessible to every single person.’

Erin Sheldon

Special Education Specialist

Saudamini Tambay
‘The combination of communication and design has the power to connect people.’

Saudamini Tambay

UX Designer

‘Our users are everything, taking care of them is easily one of the most rewarding things you can do.’

Steven Verschueren

Support Specialist

Yefan Wang
‘Design is about problem-solving and creating experiences. Make it simple and delightful.’

Yefan Wang

UX Designer

‘Everyone has the right to communicate! I want to expand the AAC knowledge to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to communicate.’

Barbara van ’t Westende

Speech Language Therapist

‘Those who can not communicate are often underestimated. By offering them means to communicate, we give them the ability to express, grow, and show us who they really are.’

Willemijn Wetzels

Speech Language Therapist

We’re hiring

Have you always wanted to work for a company with a real social mission? This is your chance!

At this time, AssistiveWare is looking for enthusiastic people to fill the following positions: