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5 AI Tools to Foster a More Inclusive Work Environment for Neurodiverse Learners


In today’s rapidly evolving world, the growing popularity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming various aspects of our workplace experience. One area where AI is making a significant impact is in learning and development, particularly in assisting the neurodivergent community. Neurodiversity is the idea that neurological differences, such as autism, ADHD, and dyslexia, should be embraced and accommodated as part of the natural human spectrum.

Workplaces have started to embrace the competitive advantage of those who think differently, with research revealing that neurodivergent individuals can be 30% more productive than their neurotypical colleagues, are less prone to cognitive bias, and usually more consistent in rational decision-making. AI-driven apps and technologies are now providing invaluable support to neurodiverse individuals in their learning endeavors. In this post, we will explore how AI is helping neurodiverse learners bridge the gap between language and reality, absorb vast amounts of information, and prevent cognitive overload.

1. Otter.AI

Otter.AI is an extensive, interactive chat app for meetings that can be used through Zoom or other online meeting platforms. When Otter is employed, it will automatically transcribe live meeting notes, highlight key points, capture shared slides, incorporate slides into the notes, synchronize calendars, and even assign action items for participants. These features allow people to stay engaged and focused on what is being shared in meetings or live learning sessions, rather than worrying about taking notes and missing what was said.

2. Read&Write

Read&Write helps people who may struggle with literacy. This support tool will read text aloud, help readers understand vocabulary, and proofread their writing. This software can use predictive text to help with comprehension, and provides gamification and audio study guides for higher engagement.

3. Co:Writer

Co:Writer is an assistive technology that uses AI to help users overcome writing challenges. This tool not only edits spelling and grammar, but can suggest better word choices, sentence fluency, and provides audible feedback to the learner while they write. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with conditions like dyslexia or ADHD, who may encounter challenges in this area. Another function of Co:Writer, is that users can deploy the speech-to-text function if typing is challenging – which can be a valuable accommodation for individuals with motor skills challenges or those who find it easier to express their thoughts verbally.

4. GitMind

GitMind uses AI to help people create mind maps and organize the flow of information. It directs users to free flow thoughts and information, and GitMind can use this to create connected ideas and patterns. GitMind also offers generative AI powered thought training that can result in higher cognition, public speaking, and communication skills.

5. Brain Power/Empowered Brain

Empowered Brain is an AR/AI software incorporated in a pair of smart glasses, i.e., Google Glass, that helps the wearer interact with others and improve social-emotional learning. People who find it difficult to read facial cues, recognize emotions, or respond based on other visual cues can use these glasses to identify cues and improve their social-emotional skills. It is important to note on this one however, that some neurodiverse individuals, particularly those with sensory processing differences (common in conditions like autism), may have heightened sensitivities to certain sensations, including those related to touch, pressure, or objects on the face. This heightened sensitivity could make wearing glasses initially uncomfortable or overwhelming. 

Working together, humans and AI can create an inclusive culture where everyone has the ability to succeed.

AI developers have used their knowledge to provide innovative technologies for the workplace, tailored to each user’s unique needs and skillsets. Users now have access to personalized learning, emotional and sensory support, and assistive technologies to be competitive in their workplace environment. At GP Strategies, we offer a wide array of AI tools to assist clients in creating that innovative workspace.

As with any AI tool, it is important to remember there may be risks involved when sharing information. If using any of these tools for work or learning environments, be sure to check with your organizations data handling process.

About the Authors

Robyn Orbegozo
Robyn is an Innovation Learning Consultant based in Phoenix, AZ with 27 years’ experience in the Learning and Development space. She has served many roles including technical support manager, assessment manager, corporate trainer, and high school teacher. Robyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, Master of Arts in Secondary Education, and Master of Science in Administration and Security from University of Phoenix. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from Grand Canyon University and is active with The Training Industry where she earned her Certified Professional Training Manager (CPTM) credentials. Robyn is passionate about education and enjoys helping organizations assess their training needs and achieve their learning goals.
Nic Girvan
A leader of impactful and unique learning innovations, Nic Girvan is GP Strategies DEI, Director of Learning and Delivery. With over 20 years’ experience working within Learning & Organizational Development, Nic blends her expertise in adult learning theory and general psychology to create hard hitting and inspirational interventions, that promote culture change and transform working environments. As a previous award winner for innovative instructional design, Nic is driven by the desire to lead her learning services to deliver truly impactful and ground-breaking DEI interventions. Not one to shy away from ‘unusual yet successful’ learning shake ups, Nic inspires her services to break industry boundaries and move beyond ’tick box training’. A truly inclusive and authentic leader, Nic works closely with both instructor-led and digital design teams to ensure her services offer not only return on investment but go beyond client expectation. A committed thought leader for effective training efforts, she regularly publishes blogs, articles, and thought pieces to promote the importance of effective training investment and transformative DEI upskills.

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