AWS offers a broad set of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) services, including a suite of pre-trained, ready-to-use services for developers with no prior ML experience. In this post, we demonstrate how to use such services to build an application that fosters the inclusion of people with a visual or communication impairment, which includes difficulties in seeing, reading, hearing, speaking, or having a conversation in a foreign language. With services such as Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Polly, Amazon Translate, Amazon Rekognition and Amazon Textract, you can add features to your projects such as live transcription, text to speech, translation, object detection, and text extraction from images.
According to the World Health Organization, over 1 billion people—about 15% of the global population—live with some form of disability, and this number is likely to grow because of population ageing and an increase in the prevalence of some chronic diseases. For