Interview with Peter Froehlich
Each month, Accessible360 showcases a digital superuser with personal insights into the digital landscape and assistive technology. By getting to know them, we learn more about the importance of digital accessibility, borrow their knowledge, and gain insights into important personal preferences.
Peter Froehlich, Social Media Specialist & Augsburg College Student
- Would you tell us a little about yourself?
- My name is Peter Froehlich. I am a junior (a few credits away from being a senior) at Augsburg College. I am studying communication studies. I am a summer intern at a new company called LifeClub Inc. I handle their social media. I am a big baseball and basketball fan. I like to play sports like softball and bocce ball.
- What are a couple of your favorite websites or mobile apps? Why do you like them and what, if anything, makes them particularly accessible?
- I like many websites and apps. Some websites I like are Facebook, YouTube and Google. I like all of these sites because they are easy to use and easy to see. Some apps I like to use are Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Words With Friends. and iMessage. These apps are my favorite because I use them often during the day
- How is digital technology critical to your daily life? Or how does technology improve your life experience on a regular basis?
- Technology is critical in my life because it helps my daily life go smoother by helping me accomplish what I need to do. For example it helps me get my school work done by being able to type answers or using Google to find quick answers. YouTube helps me learn things and entertains me. It helps me learn about Disney and Universal Studios events and news (which I am going to at the end of July).
- What assistive technology do you use when visiting websites or mobile apps?
- I use the zoom feature on my Apple MacBook Pro. I get my books for school through State Services for the Blind.
- Can you name some companies or non-profits that have given you the technology support you wanted, either supplying tools or training when you needed?
- State Services for the Blind, Augsburg College.
- What are the most important accessible elements you look for in each website or app you use? Or what are the most common accessibility blockers you find when using websites or apps?
- [If it is] easy to navigate, [high] contrast for websites (I do not like websites that have a light color with white writing). Sometimes I have an issue seeing the forums you fill out for jobs, new sites, or new social media. I also have a hard time sometimes logging in on websites so I use the app.
- If you could change one thing about the way all websites and apps behave or operate, what would it be? And how would that one change affect the way you use them?
- [Higher] contrast for sites, [like] no white writing on light colors. Maybe an option for the news sites [is to have a] read out loud option in a real life recorded voice, not monotone (I know some do but not all).
- Can you imagine an assistive technology that you would find useful but does not exist today?
- A device that lights up rooms instead of searching for the switch or mobile device.
- Lastly, are there any websites or apps you avoid, have a particularly difficult time using, or just want to call out as being inaccessible?
- I can’t think of any at this time
Thanks so much, Peter! We really appreciate you taking the time to answer these questions! We would also like to mention that it was his birthday this past Monday!
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