Speech recognition and dysarthric adults with Down syndrome (Holyfield & Drager, 2019)

Holyfield, C., & Drager, K. (2019, January). OK Google: Speech Recognition and Dysarthric Adults with Down Syndrome. Poster at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Holyfield & Drager (2019) Handout (pdf)

Abstract: Speech recognition technology has many uses, including using speech for: word processing, emailing, texting, manning environmental controls, and activating leisure options (e.g., music, podcasts). One newly-proposed potential use of speech recognition technology is as an access method to augmentative and alternative communication for individuals with Down syndrome who demonstrate dysarthria, yet relatively-consistent speech. This talk will present details on a study that tested the accuracy with which existing speech recognition technologies accurately interpreted the speech of six adults with Down syndrome. Potential future research directions for improving the accuracy of speech recognition technology in interpreting the speech of adults who have Down syndrome and dysarthria will be presented. Additionally, potential benefits of accurate speech recognition options for the population will be discussed.

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