"There are geniuses out there who can dramatically improve the quality of life for people living with ALS," shared Steve Saling, a patient diagnosed with ALS in 2006. The SpeakYourMind Foundation, based in Providence, RI, is staffed with such geniuses. The nonprofit organization, spun out of the BrainGate lab at Brown University and Massachusetts General Hospital, creates, distributes, and supports assistive communication technologies for individuals who are unable to effectively communicate due to neurological injury and disease.
The team developed the "SpeakYourMind eyebucket," an eye tracking device, so Saling could be the first person with ALS to dump a bucket of ice water to fulfill the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The foundation's mission perhaps says it best: "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."
Watch this video to witness Steve Saling speaking his mind.