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Digital Accessibility and Assistive Technology Spotlight: Axel Crosby

Augsburg University Gage Center for Student Success

Accessible360 periodically 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.

Interview with Axel Crosby

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 YouTube, VRV.co, Netflix, and Hulu. They have lots of things to watch on them.
How is digital technology critical to your daily life? Or how does technology improve your life experience on a regular basis?
I’m always using some kind of tech.
What assistive technology do you use when visiting websites or mobile apps, and how did you find or learn about the technology?
I use a smartpen to take notes in class. I learned about it from the Augsburg University Gage Center for Student Success.
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?
Nothing really.
If you could change one thing about the way all websites and apps behave or operate, what would it be?
I would redesign YouTube algorithms.
Can you imagine assistive technology that you would find useful but does not exist today?
Yes, an auto teacher.
Are there any websites or apps you avoid, have a particularly difficult time using, or just want to call out as being inaccessible? What about them is inaccessible?
Yes, the Augsburg University website. There are too many confusing links.

Thanks so much, Axel! We really appreciate you taking the time to educate us on digital accessibility/assistive technology!

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