About:

Speakbook is an inexpensive, low-tech communication tool that allows you to talk with a speaking partner using only your eyes. It is easy to use and takes only seconds to learn.

Speakbook was developed by Patrick Joyce, who has motor neuron disease, also known as MND or ALS. People with MND usually lose the ability to talk and use their hands, and Patrick realized that there was a need for a cheap, easy to use, communication tool for people who only have their eyes left. Even people with hi-tech communication equipment often have times when they can’t use it. This may be in the car, or if it is raining or in the bathroom when a hi-tech device might get wet. Its not just MND either. People with Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, and various neurological disorders may benefit from speakbook.

Patrick wants as many people worldwide to be able to use speakbook as cheaply as possible, so speakbook.org is a not for profit organization, and you may download and print speakbook, for personal, educational and non-commercial use, free of charge. If you would like to produce your own edition of speakbook, then please email patrick@speakbook.org

Would you like to help? We would like to translate speakbook into as many languages as possible, so we can help as many people as possible. If you could help with translation, desktop publishing, or if you’ve got an idea or a request for a new type of speakbook – or ideas on how to improve this one, then e-mail us, patrick@speakbook.org

Speakbook would like to thank Gabriel De Kadt, whose generous donation of time and skill made this website possible.