Smart home speakers and voice assistants
Smart home speakers like Google Home, Amazon’s Echo series, and Apple’s HomePod have given digital voice assistants a new lease on life — and they aren’t just a lazy way to queue up your favorite podcasts. For people with certain disabilities, they’re a godsend.
Speech-to-text and text-to-speech
Smart home devices just scratch the surface of voice recognition’s potential.
Automatic image recognition
Screen-reading programs help blind and vision-impaired people navigate websites, but most websites contain images, and not every image has an appropriate title or alt text.
People with cognitive impairments like attention deficit disorders and low literacy skills stand to benefit from AI, too.
Autonomous cars and other forms of self-driving transportation promise unprecedented freedom for house-bound disabled people. Hearing- and vision-impaired folks are among that group, but so are the elderly and the more than 400,000 people in the U.S. with Down syndrome.
A long way to go
Despite encouraging signs of progress in AI for accessibility, though, there’s still a long road ahead.
“We need more tools to help automate accessibility,” Asuncion said. “People with disabilities want to have fun and do the stuff that everyone else can do, [and] we’re starting to see the benefits of inclusive design. More companies are beginning to come on board.”
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