Irish app giving a voice to those who cannot speak

Innovation awards finalist TippyTalk: Rob Laffan designed product to help autistic daughter

John Clohessy and Rob Laffan of TippyTalk

John Clohessy and Rob Laffan of TippyTalk

Rob Laffan is father to a seven-year-old girl named Sadie who has autism and is non-verbal. It was this that inspired the creation of TippyTalk, a family run tech-company specialising in communication solutions for people living with a verbal disorder.

“I went back to college in 2012 and did a degree in robotics and automation,” says Laffan. “In the meantime we noticed our daughter wasn’t developing in the way a typical two-year-old would.

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