Amazon is adding a new feature to the Alexa app, available on iOS and Android, that forces Alexa to wait longer in order for a person to finish speaking. Smart assistants such as Alexa have huge benefits for accessibility, yet their voice-first nature can make them inaccessible and exclusionary to those with atypical speech. This functionality, which is opt-in, will be helpful to those who have a speech impairment. It will make Alexa feel more useful and, crucially, more inclusive. Since Amazon’s personal assistant is present on so many devices, it’s important for the company to add more accessibility features. Amazon’s new speech setting can be added to any Alexa-enabled device in the house by going to the Device Settings page in the Alexa app.