Using Artificial Intelligence Communication Devices to Promote Inclusivity

How ChatGPT is Improving Life for People With Communicative Disorders

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What is a Communication Disorder?

If your communication disorder has ever prevented you from getting your point across, you may feel frustrated, angry, dejected, or hopeless. 

Thanks to ChatGPT, you don’t have to settle for things going left unsaid.

This revolutionary AI technology makes it easy for you to get your point across so you can take your voice back and be empowered to tell your story.

What is a Communication Disorder?

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a communication disorder is the term used to describe difficulty receiving, sending, processing, and understanding concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic communication systems. It may also lead to difficulty in hearing, language, and speech. People with communication disorders may experience symptoms ranging from mild to severe.

They can stem from things like:

  • Hearing disorders
  • Dysphonia or other voice problems caused by a cleft lip or palate
  • Speech problems like stuttering
  • Developmental or learning disabilities
    Autism spectrum disorders
  • Brain injuries and stroke

Some communication disorders may be genetic. According to MedlinePlus, 5% of children have a noticeable speech disorder and can be referred to a specialist.

But what if your symptoms went undiagnosed or you developed a communication disorder later in life?

ChatGPT can help with that too.

How ChatGPT Can Help With Communication Disorders

If you’re one of the more than 440,000 Canadians or 5–10% of Americans living with a communication disorder, you don’t have to rely on outdated assistive devices. 


ChatGPT can help.


Rather than relying on a speech generative device that only produces up to 18 words per minute (this is assuming people have updated models that utilize word prediction), ChatGPT enables people with disabilities to write and express their thoughts in a clear way. This makes communication more inclusive and accessible for everyone.


Since ChatGPT relies on prompts to produce responses, you can enter your question or need in a way that works for you. With ChatGPT-3, you’re limited to text queries. GPT-4 allows you to enter text, dictation, or images. Both versions allow you to express yourself easily and accurately.


You can also customize the answers you receive. The settings can be tailored to receive more or less detailed responses. 


Thanks to its customizable features and impressive language processing abilities, ChatGPT is becoming an important part of a more accessible future.

Combining Chat GPT With Text to Speech Devices For More Inclusive Communication

As the name implies, any device or software that has text-to-speech capabilities is able to turn written text into spoken words. This is helpful across many industries, including entertainment, education, and accessibility. 

ChatGPT-4 has this feature, which makes it more advanced than the previous GPT-3 model. It is able to turn raw text into natural-sounding speech without the user adding additional formatting or punctuation.


ChatGPT is trained on tons of datasets made up of human voice recordings, and can recognize habits and nuances that comprise normal human speech. Essentially, the AI copies voice recordings to produce high-quality voice recordings.


This ability is revolutionary for the future of chatbots in general as it has the ability to transform AI by getting us closer to human-level conversations. Perhaps even more impressive is its ability to adapt to different languages, accents, and dialects. In addition to benefiting people who speak languages other than English, it can help businesses that operate in multiple languages.


When it comes to helping people with disabilities, GPT-4 is the current pack leader. People who have difficulty communicating can use the text-to-speech function to generate speech that accurately conveys their message in a way that is easy to understand. This makes it easier for them to enjoy life without relying on the traditional speech devices.


However, all of these benefits do not mean that GPT-4 is without its flaws.


Whether or not GPT-4’s text-to-speech abilities are completely accurate is something that has been widely debated by researchers.


Even though the AI generated responses sound natural, it has been known to mispronounce words or fail to give accurate responses. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work, simply that there are limitations in the data it has been trained on. With more training and more exposure, these errors should become a thing of the past.


One of the major hurdles is the lack of diversity in the training data. Most of the data is provided by a specific demographic, making it difficult to get data from other groups of people. Researchers are working hard to incorporate more diverse data by involving people from different cultural backgrounds and language abilities.


Another flaw in the current model is its inability to accurately understand context. While it can generate natural sounding text, it can’t always understand the text it’s processing. This can lead to errors in the output, especially when the language used is more complex or particular.


These flaws are minor when you consider the benefits of using ChatGPT as a way to promote inclusivity and accessibility.

Learn more about how AI can help business owners and people with disabilities in our ChatGPT Training for Non-Techies.