Speech Accessibility Project Aims to Make Voice Recognition More Inclusive

A new research initiative aims to make voice recognition technology more useful for people with a range of diverse speech patterns and disabilities. The Speech Accessibility Project, which launched Monday, is spearheaded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta and Microsoft are all supporting the project, as well as a handful of nonprofit disability organizations. Speech recognition, which can be found in voice assistants like Siri and Alexa as well as translation tools, has become a part of many people’s everyday lives. But these systems don’t always recognize certain speech patterns, particularly those associated with disabilities. …
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