technology north

Independent Assistive Technology Consultancy

Enabling independence for children with disabilities

Developing technological solutions that support and enable people to overcome individual barriers to communication, education and life.

Working across Yorkshire and the North of England specialising in supporting clients with acquired brain injury.

Access: communication

Providing hi-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solutions; working closely with your existing therapy team to establish best positioning, access, and language. Highly experienced in provisioning AAC solutions including Grid 3, Liberator Unity packages and iPad apps.

Access: education

Working closely with you, your school teachers, therapists and support assistants to enable inclusive access to the curriculum and developing effective methods to record learning at home and school.

Access: entertainment

Developing innovative solutions to enable you to control your leisure time independently. Nothing teaches you better to access your technology than by having fun with it!

About Mike Thrussell

Since 2008 I have been working with Independent Specialist Colleges, charitable organisations and individual clients to develop technological solutions that promote accessibility, inclusion and independence.

I am a qualified teacher and father to a 4 year old son with Autism.

My experience has taught me that finding effective, long-term assistive technology solutions cannot be done alone. A dynamic, in-depth assessment is key to discovering motivators, barriers and the best solution to fit your needs. My approach is person-centred and requires input from family, support staff, independent therapists and health, care and education professionals.

The world of assistive technology is constantly changing. To stay at the forefront of developments and to ensure I provide you with the best solutions possible, I actively research and develop new innovative technologies and share these for free. (Available in the resources section below).

I am intrinsically passionate about promoting assistive technologies and provide support and guidance to individuals, families and professionals by delivering bespoke training and speaking at national conferences.

If you have any questions or would you like to discuss how I can support you with your technological needs, please feel free to get in touch using the details below.

Free resources

Universal Principles of Assistive Technology

- 7 principles to offer guidance in the provision of assistive technologies. (PDF download)

Access: YouTube

- An accessible interface for users of assistive technologies to play YouTube videos independently.