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Accessible Wake word for speech impediments

weeeezzll
Community Member

My son has autism and delayed speech. He struggles with G/K and other sounds that originate in the throat and "Okay, Google" is quite the tongue twister. Amazon has Alexa, and Samsung has Bixby. All of which have the difficult to pronounce throat sounds G, K, and X, along with repeating similar but different sounds. At least with Alexa he can approximate the sound well enough as "Alessa". All of these wonderful technologies remain out of reach for people with disabilities that impact their speech.

I know that using an alternative wake command probably wouldn't work as well as the standard one, but "not work as well" would still be better than "not work at all" for the people who need it.

I prefer Google's home automation products and services, but have been thinking about getting an Echo, just so my autistic son can use it.

I recently found Project Relate that can create custom speech models, but my autistic son and even typically developing 3 year old's don't have 500 words yet.
https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/project-relate/

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Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey weeeezzll,

 

Thanks for visiting the Community.

 

We know how important this feature is, not only for your son but also for customers with accessibility needs, but this isn't available. 

 

We're always looking for ways to improve - we'll take this as feedback, and we'll gladly pass it along to the team. You can also send feedback using your device by saying, "Hey Google, send feedback." Visit this link for more steps.


Cheers,

Muddi