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How AI Tools are Transforming Lives of Youth across the World

  • May 30, 2024
  • 2 min read
How AI Tools are Transforming Lives of Youth across the World

AI chatbots may seem like a novelty to many, but for some, they are truly transformational. Yasmin Shaheen-Zaffar from North Yorkshire, who has dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD, can attest to this. As a psychotherapist, she struggled with written assignments due to these conditions. Then, AI came into her life.

“A few years ago, I was introduced to [popular AI chatbot] Jasper, and it transformed my life,” says Shaheen-Zaffar. She uses Jasper to help tidy up the structure and spelling of her written work, including a recently published self-help book for people with neurodiversity.

Neurodiversity covers a range of conditions like dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Tourette’s, and OCD. For Shaheen-Zaffar and many others, AI tools have become indispensable.

Alex Sergent, a Kenyan and a tech entrepreneur from London, has found similar support through AI. He uses the AI-powered transcription app Otter.ai to record and organize his meetings. With OCD, Sergent’s extreme attention to detail has been burdensome. However, AI allows him to delegate tasks efficiently, making his work life more manageable.

The ease and accessibility of AI tools are key reasons why people with psychological conditions are embracing them. Hayley Brackley, a neurodiversity specialist coach and trainer, highlights another benefit: the absence of stigma. Asking an AI tool for help carries no shame. For instance, spelling can be a major challenge for someone with dyslexia, but using an AI tool eliminates the need to explain this to another person.

In her work with companies and neurodiverse employees, Brackley notes that while some firms are more open to assistive AI tools than others, the benefits are universal. Tools designed for a minority can end up helping the majority without disadvantaging anyone.

AI chatbots are also being developed for children with neurodiversity. The InnerVoice app by Californian tech firm iTherapy helps children with autism by creating talking avatars of familiar objects or people. Co-founder Matthew Guggemos believes AI can offer neurodivergent people extra tools to communicate with less effort.

The growing use of AI in supporting neurodiverse individuals is a testament to its potential to make a significant difference. For the youth, these tools not only make academic and professional tasks easier but also provide a sense of independence and confidence.

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