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Digital Accessibility and Assistive Technology Spotlight: Hibak

Hibak

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 Hibak

Would you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a transfer student at Augsburg University
What are a couple of your favorite websites or mobile apps? Why do you like them, and what, if anything, makes them particularly accessible?
My favorite app would have to be Momentum. This helps me stay on track and remember my to-do lists of the day.
How is digital technology critical to your daily life? Or how does technology improve your life experience on a regular basis?
Technology makes my life easier in many ways, such as keeping up with things, and staying in touch with family and close friends.
What assistive technology do you use when visiting websites or mobile apps, and how did you find or learn about the technology?
Audio NoteTaker is my favorite piece of assistive technology because I can follow along with slides in class, while also recording information from each slide and writing down important points. I learned about it from the CLASS Office.
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?
I look for an easier way to get to the website or app without necessarily having to use my school email, and without the website/app logging me off once I use my personal email linked to my YouTube, Google, etc.
If you could change one thing about the way all websites and apps behave or operate, what would it be?
Not sure.
Can you imagine assistive technology that you would find useful but does not exist today?
Although this is my first time using accessible technology, I would love to have an audio note taker app on my laptop that records and automatically types up important information the professor says. Then I could put my full focus on the professor and what’s going on and what they are saying, rather than typing or pressing “Enter” to get to the next slide.
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?
No, there aren’t.

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

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