TDP can undertake a comprehensive needs assessment and then make equipment recommendations to meet those needs. This is a process done in close cooperation with the client in an iterative way. Often the “expert” on the user’s needs is the disabled person themselves but they probably don’t know what is possible to address those needs or what technology is available. Technology is not always the answer and TDP is cognisant of this and will make recommendations that include the role of human support where this is appropriate. Where necessary the expertise of an Occupational Therapist (OT) can be called upon.
Martyn Cooper is a systems engineer. This way of analysing a problem is particularly helpful when addressing complex needs that may require the integration of several pieces of technology. TDP can integrate available technologies or, where necessary, commission the development of bespoke solutions.
Martyn Cooper has extensive experience in Accessibility Standards, indeed for the period 2000 to 2016 he was involved in developing these. He takes a systems approach to accessibility, seeking to build accessibility into the whole application, not just the user interface. Thus TDP can consult on Accessibility Statements and Policies for any company developing web-based applications or just presenting its activities on the WWW. Accessibility is best addressed at the beginning of any development process and TDP seeks to advise over the whole development process from concept through specification, development, and testing. This is the most effective and cost-efficient way of addressing the needs of all users, including those with disabilities, in software development.
Training Courses and Workshops
TDP can organise and lead training courses or workshops on accessibility and more broadly meeting the needs of disabled people. This can include embedding accessibility policy in the whole business processes and developments of a company.