In December 2015 I accepted voluntary redundancy from the Open University after 18 years of working for that wonderful organisation. The terms were generous and I did not have to hurry into earning money so could think about what I would do next. In the 1990s I had been an independent consultant trading as “Technology for Disabled People” (TDP) and one possibility was to return to that role. However, as I discussed this with various friends and former colleagues it became evident that this could at this stage be more than a one man band. So instead it was decided that TDP would this time become a network of 6 or more consultants working, marketing and managing their services together.
So, this is what I have been working towards setting-up still under the trading name “Technology for Disabled People” (TDP). This is going to be constituted as a Community Interest Company (CIC). A CIC is a company registered with Companies House but one which any profit made has to be ploughed back into the business or donated to community projects. A website is under development at http://martyncooper.com. There is a blog included on that site which will probably become my main work related blog, although I will still post my more academic posts here.