Join us in our mission
We are dedicated to making Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) an effective and accepted means of communication. Our work goes beyond creating tools - we actively work towards a society that understands and accepts AAC.
We believe in...
Challenging the status quo
We constantly seek new ways to improve and innovate and we’re not afraid to challenge the status quo.
Working towards social change
We are passionate about driving social change and making a positive impact on society.
Being part of the community
We’re not spectators - many of us are AAC users, parents, specialists, and educators, actively immersed in the world of AAC.
“AssistiveWare is a rare company that embraces its users as people, not merely as customers. Unlike many developers in disability spaces, AssistiveWare listens, learns, and evolves its products in response.
Shannon Des Roches Rosa
Senior editor and co-founder - Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
How we work
Discover the guiding principles that make AssistiveWare unique.
We are committed to user-centered design. Our users are at the center of our product design and advocacy work.
Grounded in research
Our work is informed by the science of learning and grounded in the latest research and clinical insights from the fields of AAC and language development.
Advocacy and awareness
We support initiatives that raise awareness about AAC and promote inclusion. We often join forces and offer the microphone to self-advocates, so their important message can reach more people.
Where we come from
Born out of a desire to help a friend in need over two decades ago, AssistiveWare has grown into a pioneering force in the field of assistive technology. Today we help hundreds of thousands of people across the globe to express themselves and fully participate in society.
2002-2008: Developed the first full suite of universal access solutions for people with motor, vision and speech disabilities for Mac OS X.
2009: Released Proloquo2Go, the first full-featured Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for iOS.
2012: Co-created the first genuine text-to-speech children’s voices, so nonspeaking children can sound like children.
2015: Created the first truly bilingual AAC (Proloquo2Go) so bilingual AAC users can express themselves fully.
2016: AssistiveWare Core Word Classroom was born. Over 10,000 people use this resource today to learn AAC best practices.
2018: Launched Learn AAC, a section of our website with a freely-accessible collection of AAC articles in four languages.
2019: Released simPODD, the first English PODD solution that brings the digital page sets and printing together in one app.
2021: Released This Is Not About Me—a documentary centering on the growing-up experience of non-speaking advocate Jordyn Zimmerman.
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.
From Amsterdam to the world
We call beautiful Amsterdam our home, but our team spans 20 nationalities across four continents and seven timezones.
Help us change the world—work with us!
Join our mission to break down barriers in communication. Explore opportunities to collaborate, innovate, and make a meaningful impact with AssistiveWare.
At AssistiveWare, we believe in the power of exploration. You'll have the freedom to find your own solutions and make your unique mark on our projects. It's about trusting you to bring your best to the table, every time.
With a team of 42 people spanning 17 nationalities across 4 continents and 7 timezones, you'll be joining a truly global family. We're a colorful mix of cultures, ideas, backgrounds and perspectives - and we wouldn't have it any other way.
With dedicated time and budget for your professional advancement, you'll have the resources to keep learning, evolving, and reaching new heights.
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.”
Founder and CEO
Partner and CFO/CTO
Alyssa Hillary Zisk
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.”
“Everyone has the right to communicate! I want to expand AAC knowledge to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to communicate.”
Barbara van ’t Westende
Speech Language Therapist
“It's so empowering to be able to drive change and build a more inclusive world through digital marketing. For that, I'm genuinely grateful!”
Digital Marketing Manager
“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!”
“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.”
“We can do this! Together, we can make communication and self-determination accessible to every single person.”
Special Education Specialist
“We all have the capacity to learn, and I feel fortunate to work towards maximizing everyone’s communication potential.”
Associate Speech and Language Therapist
“Images are an exciting and challenging part of communication; I love to use my creativity to help improve other people’s lives!”
“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”
“Everybody deserves a voice. I love being part of this endeavor!”
“As a longtime associate of AssistiveWare, I am committed to helping people with their access needs and learning Apple’s built-in accessibility features.”
Support Specialist / AAC Researcher
“Being surrounded by talented, driven and caring colleagues is a true blessing. Knowing we're all working to erase communication barriers makes it even better.”
Support Team Lead
“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.”
“Creating animations is a fantastic thing that I love, creating them with a purpose is an absolute honor.”
Motion Graphic Designer
“Proud to be supporting a team that is working towards equal communication and opportunities for all.”
“It is a joy to work with so many kind and smart colleagues on a product that matters”
“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.”
Marketing and Communications Lead
“I love empowering people through design by removing barriers to technology.”
“Don’t be so sure. Let’s listen carefully to create solutions that improve people’s lives every day.”
“As the mom of an AAC family, I know the struggle to accept and fit AAC into a busy family life. My focus is on coaching families to discover what works best for them. I believe all AAC families can and should experience joy on their AAC journey.”
“Communication is the pathway to inclusion, and I want to support our users on their journey as much as I can.”
“I believe that design can bring true value to users, which helps them to reach their full potential.”
“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.”
“Communication is at the heart of HR and is the heart of AssistiveWare”
People and Culture Manager
“I am proud to work for a company that is breaking down the barriers to communication.”
“By breaking down the barriers to communication and literacy we support AAC users to build communication and make meaningful connections with those around them”
Special Education Specialist
“I love using data science to help improve the tools that make communication easier and foster a more inclusive world.”
“Visual communication can take you beyond words. What a joy that I get to do this everyday for this wonderful purpose.”
“I help design great user experiences, using words. Because through language and communication, we create understanding, build relationships and become a community.”
“Everyone is capable of so much more and using AAC can show this. So let's make use of it!”
“I believe in building products with empathy. It is not only about technology, it is contributing to a more inclusive society.”
“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.”
Speech Language Therapist
“I like to help solve people’s everyday problems by creating delightful experiences. My goal is to make AAC a natural and accepted part of people’s life.”
Yakim van Zuijlen
“Design is about problem-solving and creating experiences. Make it simple and delightful.”
“I like to teach people new eating habits using the flavors of the world.”
Our software development partner
At AssistiveWare, we believe in the power of collaboration to create impactful solutions for our users. This is why we've chosen The Software MacKiev Company as our software development partner. Together, our integrated team, comprising over 20 skilled software engineers and quality assurance professionals, brings a diverse range of expertise to the table. This multidisciplinary approach ensures that our apps not only leverage the latest technologies but also undergo rigorous testing by a team dedicated to excellence.