Having Dyslexia and ADHD, I very much understand the learning challenges that face students. My goal is to ensure all students reach their full potential. Technology has the power to level the playing field for all!

James Northridge

I’m a researcher, entrepreneur, and speaker who is passionate about helping students learn and thrive, whatever their abilities and whatever their goals.

I struggled throughout school due to my own learning challenges and ended up a drop-out from University. When second chance at college came my way, I grabbed it with both hands and never looked back. I was able to turn things around, earning a first-class honours degree from University College Cork and a Masters in Disabilities Studies from University College Dublin.

I’m proof that even a kid with learning challenges can be successful in school and go on to higher education with the right support and tools in place to help them along the way.

Even though I still struggle daily with my reading and writing, I’ve figured out strategies that work for me, one of which is having the right technology in place. And I’ve trained hundreds of families and SNAs across Europe and the United States to do the same, using technology to help their kids learn more effectively.

Here are some other things I’ve accomplished through my work with Assistive Tech:

  • I completed a Marie Curie Fellowship at UMass Medical School in Boston

  • I won Young Researcher of the Year at the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP) in Austria 2018

  • I’m one of only ten fellows selected to partake in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program in Massachusetts.

  • I presented and won investment on RTE's Dragons Den show

  • UrABility is currently one of ten companies competing on the IGNITE programme in University College Cork.

  • I’ve presented and spoken at numerous international conferences on Assistive Technology, Disability and Inclusion.

At UrAbility we use our expertise to leverage technology to help students learn, master and thrive, whatever their abilities and whatever their goals. We’re creating a space where those requiring training and advice on assistive technology can get it through our content, training events and our online courses.