(ED NOTE: Occasionally, we will see such a fantastic health organization, that we will simply flat-out copy their webpage, because they usually tell their story the best)


August 20, 2014
Millions of people in America struggle to communicate due to motor or speech disabilities. In the worst cases of neurological injury or disease, people are left unable to control their environment, express their personality, or even convey basic needs to their loved ones.The SpeakYourMind Foundation is a growing team of engineers, clinicians, designers, hackers, and social entrepreneurs dedicated to empowering these individuals to re-connect with the world.Our goal is to take our early stage organization to the next level and turn our prototype technologies into viable, affordable and life-changing solutions for the many people with neurological injury and disease who struggle to communicate.


SYMeyes Low-Cost Eye Gaze Tracking System

An adapted webcam mounted on a pair of hipster glasses with some custom SYM software is all it takes to enable users to control their computer simply with their eye movements.



We Get It

We understand your frustration with the existing alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) products on the market. Your frustration and your courage is why SpeakYourMind Foundation exists. With your help, we intend on making the days of outrageously expensive, unreliable, antiquated, and difficult to use AAC devices a thing of the past.

If you, a friend, or a loved one is struggling to communicate please reach out to us. We work with clients and their families living with:

  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Or anyone with motor and speech limitations that needs our help


We believe that just because you can’t use your voice, that doesn’t mean you can’t express your personality, take control of your environment – and speak your mind.


February 7, 2014

Fox Providence, wpri.com – SpeakYourMind Founder Dan Bacher on Dan Yorke State of Mind


January 23, 2014

The Foxboro Reporter – Breaking the Silence: Fellow FHS grad reach out to friend suffering from ALS


January 6, 2014

Providence Journal – SpeakYourMind pioneers communication tool for those with brain injuries


About Us

The SpeakYourMind Foundation, based in Providence, RI, is a nonprofit organization spun out of the BrainGate lab at Brown University and Massachusetts General Hospital. We create, distribute, and support assistive communication technologies for individuals who are unable to effectively communicate due to neurological injury and disease. Our teams of passionate student and professional volunteers work closely with our clients to build a solution that meets their needs from the ground up.

  • Reliable and easy to use eye and head tracking
  • Intelligent switch access
  • Adaptive motion-based input
  • Customizable communication apps

… all using adapted off the shelf hardware – this is what we do.

Our Team

Dan Bacher
Founder & Executive Director

Senior Research & Development Engineer at BrainGate, Brown University


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An easy to use motion tracker for hands free computer access

Utilizing off-the-shelf webcams and custom software, we are building a suite of motion capture solutions to enable individuals with limited mobility to use a computer. SYMtracker allows users to control a computer cursor via head movement, or trigger an adaptive switch using subtle movements such as raising an eyebrow or wiggling a finger.



An insanely efficient radial on-screen keyboard app

This completely novel virtual typing interface offers an alternative for people using adapted methods to interact with their computers. The innovative radial key layout and custom word prediction engine provides a more user-friendly and efficient interface – making communication easy as pi.



A super-ultra-low-cost eye gaze tracking system

An adapted webcam mounted on a pair of hipster glasses with some custom SYM software is all it takes to enable users to control their computer simply with their eye movements. SYMeyes is functional, easy-to-use, and is way, way, way cheaper than the commercial systems on the market today.

Get Involved

Now that you get it, it’s time to get involved…

  • You are an engineer, designer, or developer who wants to revolutionize an industry while helping those most in need.
  • You are a disgruntled assistive technology user (or family member of one) who will no longer put up with astronomically expensive AAC products and poor customer support.
  • You are a clinician passionate about empowering your patients to effectively communicate.
  • You have a ton of money and want to donate some of it to help a ton of people.
  • You are a business or legal professional who wants to turn us into a lean, mean, social impact machine.
  • You are a human being – who realizes that human connection through communication is an inalienable right of all people regardless of physical or cognitive abilities, and you want to do anything you can to help us to enable individuals with communication disabilities to join in on the conversation of life.


All fields are required.


P 401.484.1508
E contact@speakyourmindfoundation.org
Providence, Rhode Island


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