Teaching Google to understand people with Down syndrome, one voice at a time.
“My friends can understand me.
Why can’t voice technology?”
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“There will be 8 billion digital
voice assistants in use by 2023.”
The unique speech patterns of people with Down syndrome make it difficult for voice technologies to understand them. This is due to a large lack of training data. The Canadian Down Syndrome Society along with Google’s Project Euphonia are setting out to make speech technology more accessible to those with disabilities by recording the voices of thousands of participants with Down syndrome to help train and improve its technology.
By reading and recording simple phrases, we can help Google recognize your unique speech patterns to improve Google’s system. Your voice recordings will be used for the purpose of research, and with the goal to ultimately improve the accuracy of speech recognition for people with Down syndrome. With your help, we can create a world where people with Down syndrome are better understood.
“For the rest of us it's
kind of fun,
but for him,
– Joshua’s Mom, on voice technology
Watch our participants teach Google.
“We’re committed to bridging
that gap and making it
for people with
– Julie, Product Manager at Google
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have access to a computer with a microphone or a mobile device (Android or iOS).
- Speak English fluently.
- Have difficulties being understood by others (and not just because of an accent).