Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is empowering people with physical disabilities, allowing them to take charge of their own lives but it’s also having a surprising impact on people with neuro-diverse conditions like autism. It’s easy to generalise about people on the autism spectrum; they like consistency, take things literally and like routine. AI and computer personal assistants, like Alexa, love these things too. They are built to provide consistency. They don’t (yet) understand sarcasm and they like logic, a lot.
Expert Resources: autism
These are the items that relate to autism found on the AbilityNet website. They may be factsheets, webinars, news stories, blog posts or reports.
Blog Post | Oct 2017
Blog Post | Oct 2016
The next generation of smart digital devices will know what you're feeling, which could have a huge benefit for people with disabilities.
Blog Post | Apr 2016
How can computers help people with autism? To mark World Autism Awareness Week we asked Jamie Knight, senior accessibility specialist in UX&D at the BBC, who is autistic himself, about the tech he finds useful in his daily life.
Factsheet | Jun 2012
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. People with autism can often have accompanying learning disabilities. Asperger’s syndrome is a condition at the higher functioning end of the autistic spectrum. People with Asperger’s syndrome do not usually have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism.