The Specialists in Brain Injury
Mr David Humberstone
Assistive Technology Consultant & Speech and Language Technical Trainer
I began my career as Systems Research and Development Engineer undertaking a wide range of duties from cutting edge theoretical studies through to delivering production ready hardware. For over 15 years I worked on a range of projects progressing to the position of Principal Engineer before leaving this role in 2002 to devote my efforts full time to our own company Equip2Speak, this following many years of background technical and managerial support to this endeavour. As my career progressed I took on more responsibility for overseeing design development and project management as well as preparation of key documents involved in tendering for new projects. Relevant skills acquired during this time to my current role as a Consultant for Equip2Speak are as follows:
Ø Design experience with technologies incorporated into Assistive Technology
Ø Programming and custom computer solutions
Ø Field installation and equipment commissioning
Ø Pioneering work with a range of smart sensors and multimedia technologies
Ø Design of a point of gaze (eye tracker) for use with people with severe motor disabilities as a cursor pointing device.
Ø Detailed technical report, e.g. proposals, theoretical studies, environmental approval and software verification plans and operation manuals all prepared to full military and rail standards.
Ø Cost estimation and delivery of through life support for long life products and services.
Since the early 1990s when my partner Lisa Humberstone, Consultant in Acquired Adult
Speech and Language Therapy began producing medico-
Since 2002 I have been able to fully devote my skills to Equip2speak, permitting the expansion of the service to include full assessment of enabling technology needs direct to clients or case manager, or as part of a CP35 compliant report for the court.
A key part of my role is to translate recommendations for technology into actual
equipment provision, installation, training and support. This includes reviewing
and if necessary adjusting those recommendations by other medico-
I am a qualified speech and language therapy assistant benefiting both from formal
qualifications and extensive in-
TRAINING AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT
Over the years I have attended numerous courses to enhance my skills originally in engineering and my interest in photography leading to gaining a Licentiate of the Royal College of Photography (LRPS). Since 2002 I have undertaken courses specifically intended to strengthen the service offered by Equip2Speak, most notably several MSc. accredited modules in AAC an Assistive Technology and an Advanced BTEC Certificate in Speech and Language Therapy with passes in all assignments at distinction level. I have also acquired an Advanced Website Design BTEC Certificate which has proved valuable in the development of resources for therapy.
CONTRIBUTION TO EQUIP2SPEAK
My collaboration with Lisa Humberstone has allowed Equip2Speak to offer a wider range
of services beyond those just linked to speech and language therapy but encompassing
assistive technology aids generally such as environmental controls and adapted entertainment
equipment. Whilst we specialize in providing speech and language therapy to the
age band of adolescents to adults through my involvement Equip2Speak can provide
recommendations and support for equipment to all age groups and other medical conditions
where adapted equipment of this type is required such as through spinal injury. I
am experienced at assessing mounting needs for switches and communication aids drawing
on engineering experience to provide custom solutions when off-
Training and therapy are intricately linked for effective rehabilitation and my inter-
Last Update: 23.07.08