Alasdair is a software engineer specialising in assistive technology for screenreader users and people with reading difficulties (e.g. dyslexia.) He is currently the managing director of Preston-based Claro Software, a leading international software development company in assistive technology.
He became involved in assistive technology through research work at the University of Manchester School of Informatics, (previously the UMIST Department of Computation,) which led to his being awarded a PhD in 2007.
Outside of commercial products for Claro Software he develops the open-source WebbIE and Accessible programs for screenreader users used around the world to allow blind people to access the Internet, radio and news easily.
Alasdair is sighted, British, white, and in his forties.