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Accessibility of AI for People with Intellectual Disability

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 11:20 AM PDT  
Elite 1-3  

This session will present initial findings from a research project investigating the accessibility and usability of AI technologies by people with intellectual disability (ID) and exploring the following research questions:

  • How accessible are contemporary AI technologies to individuals with ID?
  • What are the usability challenges and barriers faced by individuals with ID when using AI-driven tools?
  • In what ways do AI-driven assistive technologies (e.g. text-to-speech, speech recognition, predictive text) enhance the accessibility of digital content for individuals with ID?
  • Which specific AI categories and tools are preferred and considered promising by
    individuals with ID?

The project involves conducting focus groups with 8-10 postsecondary students with ID and self-advocates with ID from the local community to demonstrate and discuss AI tools (e.g. ChatGPT, Siri, Alexa, AI optical character recognition tools) and 1:1 accessibility/usability sessions with students and self-advocates with ID to test the accessibility and usability of AI tools identified by the focus groups. This research addresses a critical gap in the existing body of knowledge. While AI technologies have gained prominence across various sectors including education, there has been limited exploration into how these technologies can benefit individuals with ID. By assessing the accessibility and usability of AI for people with ID, the study helps fill this important gap.

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  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
  • Research & Development
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
This session will present initial findings from a research project investigating the accessibility/usability of AI technologies by people with intellectual disability (ID), exploring the potential and barriers AI technologies have for people with ID.  
Primary Topic
Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML)  
Secondary Topics
  • Captions & Transcription
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Independent Living
Session Type
General Track  


  • Alan Foley
    Syracuse University
  • Micah Fialka-Feldman
    Syracuse University

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