About us

2 minute read | May 16, 2022

Founded in 2000, AssistiveWare is a leading pioneer in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology software for iOS and macOS, with over 350,000 customers worldwide.

Who we are

AssistiveWare's journey started more than 20 years ago when Giesbert, a friend of our founder and CEO David, became paralyzed in a car accident. He needed a way to use his computer. David took on the challenge and developed an on-screen keyboard. Giesbert could now access his Mac, use Photoshop, and pick up graphic design again. This keyboard became our first product: KeyStrokes.

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

Our headquarters is a beautifully renovated historic building in the heart of Amsterdam. Our team spans three continents, with over ten nationalities and two office cats.

What we do

We want to help build a world without communication barriers. We are proud to collaborate with our community to make sure our apps best serve their needs. Our users play a crucial role in who we are.

Our key milestones:

  • 2002: Developed the first universal access solution for Mac OS X, KeyStrokes
  • 2009: Released Proloquo2Go, the first full-featured Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for iOS
  • 2012: Developed the world’s first genuine children’s Text-to-Speech voices together with Acapela Group
  • 2015: 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
  • 2018: Following the latest research as well as our AAC user interviews, we launched Learn AAC, a collection of AAC articles delivered in 4 languages.
  • 2019: Released simPODD the first English PODD solution that brings the digital page sets and printing experience together into one app.
  • 2021: Released Proloquo and Proloquo Coach in Australia and New Zealand. This duo of AAC apps is designed to guide and support in expanding users' communication.
  • 2022: Launched Proloquo and Proloquo Coach globally in English with five data-driven, locally relevant vocabularies for United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and UK and Ireland.

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

Alena Portrait
‘It's a pleasure to work for a company with such a beautiful mission: building a world without communication barriers and giving voices to those who can't speak.’

Alena Králová

Office Manager

‘AAC is for everyone, mouth words are just for most people. Why isn't speech the 'alternative'?’

Alyssa Hillary Zisk

AAC Research Team Lead

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

Amanda Hartmann

Speech Language Pathologist

‘I wish that everyone without a voice is included. Communication is more than just talking. As a member of the support team, I love to help with the use of AAC.’

Aukje-Tjitske Dieleman

Support Specialist

‘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

‘Everyone has something to say, if only we can give them the tools they need to say it.’

Brett Elliott

Support Specialist

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

People & Culture

Eleonora Spagnuolo
‘It is a true joy to put my creative soul and my differently wired mind at the service of our users and their community so that together we can change the way we communicate!’

Eleonora Spagnuolo

Art Director

‘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

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

Erin Sheldon

Special Education Specialist

Ilaria Zonda
‘Images are an exciting and challenging part of communication; I love to use my creativity to help improve other people’s lives!’

Ilaria Zonda

Graphic Designer

‘By presuming competence and providing a method of communication, AAC users can be more actively involved in decision-making and the direction of their life’

Irene Hunter

Support Specialist

Isabel Orellana
‘Everybody deserves a voice. I love being part of this endeavor!’

Isabel Orellana

Support Specialist

‘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

‘I aspire to help my fellow AAC users say what's on their minds.’

Lily Konyn

Support Specialist

Lucia Masson
‘It’s inspiring to work alongside passionate people who are committed to make a real change. Let’s continue to break down the barriers of communication!’

Lucia Masson

Communications 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

Mathijs Brand
‘It is a joy to work with so many kind and smart colleagues on a product that matters’

Mathijs Brand

Product Manager

Mitko Lambov
‘It’s a privilege to be able to make a difference in the lives of our users, and it’s a joy to work with people who care.’

Mitko Lambov

Marketing and Communications Lead

Muriël Kok
‘It is my privilege 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

Customer Insights

Olga Reutelingsperger
‘Don’t be so sure. Let’s listen carefully to create solutions that improve people’s lives every day.’

Olga Reutelingsperger

Product Manager

‘I understand how important reliable support is to our users because 30 years ago when my son was learning how to use AAC, I was the mom asking the questions.’

Pam Harris

Support Specialist

‘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

Sarah Balaz
‘I am proud to work for a company that is breaking down the barriers to communication.’

Sarah Balaz

Communications Specialist

Rikako Iwamoto
‘I believe that design can bring true value to users, which helps them to reach their full potential.’

Rikako Iwamoto

UX Designer

Rosalinde belzer
‘Taking a closer look at the context of our users will make us see their ‘real’ problems and challenges. It will help us to design the right experience and create useful solutions.’

Rosalinde Belzer

Service Designer

‘By breaking down the barriers to communication and literacy we support AAC users to build communication and make meaningful connections with those around them’

Shannon Braithwaite

Special education specialist

‘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

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

Yefan Wang

UX Designer

We’re hiring

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

At the moment AssistiveWare has the following vacancy: