About Us

Who are Inclusive Technology?

We are a leading supplier of software and hardware for people with special needs. We dedicate ourselves to providing pioneering and lifechanging assistive technology to our customers worldwide. From ground breaking eye gaze and communication technology through to award winning educational online software and Apps, switch access, mounting solutions and environmental control, we provide a full range of innovative products to enable our customers to communicate, learn and play.

We are proud to work with thousands of special schools, hospitals, hubs and associations across the world to ensure we supply the best products and service possible and are represented by market leading companies within the assistive technology industry on a global scale. We design and source products that are truly accessible to empower students with physical disabilities, sensory impairments and learning difficulties. Our mission is to continually meet their changing needs and provide the best resources to help them reach their potential.

Based in the Saddleworth village of Delph just east of Manchester, the Inclusive team have worked together over many years to serve and support the worldwide special needs community. 

Hannah Fitzpatrick (Commercial Director), Sukhjit Gill (CEO) and Chris Thornton (Creative Director)

A brief history of Inclusive Technology

Roger Bates, Trish Hornsey and Martin Littler during the 2016 Queen's Award celebration.

Inclusive Technology was founded in 1996 by three teachers each with a background in special education and IT. Martin Littler had been Director of the Government funded Special Education Micro-Electronic Resource Centre (SEMERC) for ten years. Trish Hornsey was SEMERC’s Development Manager after working as the Special Education/IT Advisory Teacher. Roger Bates had been Director of the Northern Aids to Communication in Education (ACE) Centre.

Over the years Inclusive has pioneered the introduction of integral equipment into education, become the world's leading developer of accessible software for the severe and complex special needs market, was at the foundation of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) in America and the British Assistive Technology Association in the UK and has served on the Boards of both.

The three founders have since retired and handed the reigns over to a management team with a combined industry experience of over 80 years. The team have developed a real understanding and passion for innovative assistive technology and knowledge of how it can help those with disabilities. They have gained extensive knowledge of the industry and built upon strong foundations to continue to create a market leading product portfolio.

An award-winning Company

From the early days of the company, Inclusive Technology has repeatedly won awards from both sides of the Atlantic recognising us as an innovative company commited to serving the special needs community around the world. Some of the notable awards we have received over recent years are:

  • 2023 BETT Award - SEND Resources Products & Services,
  • 2019 US CODiE Award for The Best Solution for Exceptional Students,
  • 2017 The Queen's Award for Enterprise (Innovation),
  • 2016 The Queen's Award for Enterprise (International Trade),
  • 2016 Education Resources Award - Special Education Resource or Equipment - Including ICT,
  • 2015 Business Excellence for Innovation in Special Education Needs Software,
  • 2014 US CODiE Award for The Best Solution for Special Needs Students.