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University of Connecticut Assistive Technology Oral History Project

Bruce Baker L.H.D.

Mindspeak Systems

Date: 2009 & 2010

Bruce says he has always been interested in disabilities.

His grandmother could not speak when he was young, and he began asking people to learn Morse code because if something happened to him he would be linking out Morse Code.

Bruce continued his interest in language and majored in Latin and Greek, later learning Hebrew and the Maya and Egyptian hieroglyphics systems.

Feeling that the early communication aids were quite primitive, he developed Minspeak based on his training in hieroglyphics.

In 1982, Barry Romich of PrentkeRomich was the first to build an AAC (agumentative/alternative communication) device containing Minspeak.

Minspeak systems are now available in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Mandarin, and Japanese and are purchased all over the world.

Snippet 1: "What led you to invent Minspeak?"

Snippet 2: "Any question I should have asked that I didn't ask?"

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