Introducing Alexander Nathan, the visionary founder of Permastunned Gaming, an exceptional international esports organization with a unique mission. Alexander himself knows the challenges posed by a congenital myopathy, and he’s determined to break down barriers in the esports world. With an impressive background in gaming, including being a top staff member on a Ragnarok Online server during his school days, he brings his experience and passion to Permastunned Gaming.
The organization is a trailblazer, focusing on creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities to excel as professional gamers. Alexander’s belief is that no disability should stand in the way of a gaming dream. He’s also actively engaged in raising awareness about the unique challenges people with disabilities face and is dedicated to making the esports industry more inclusive. In addition to his gaming prowess, Alexander pursued studies in translation and psychology, driven by a personal mission to help others find happiness in life.
In his role at Permastunned Gaming, Alexander primarily handles public relations (PR) and human resources (HR), ensuring that their message of inclusivity and equality reaches a wider audience. With a strong vision and commitment, Alexander is transforming the esports landscape, one game at a time.
Could you please introduce yourself and share some background about your disability?
I am Alex, the founder of Permastunned Gaming and I have congenital myopathy.
In what ways does your disability influence your daily life, particularly when it comes to using digital products or services?
I have weak muscles, so using peripherals can be taxing. I generally do everything on my PC, as a smartphone is annoying to use.
Which digital devices, platforms, applications, or websites do you use regularly, and have they been helpful in addressing accessibility challenges?
I frequently use my PC and smartphone for various purposes. On my computer, I engage with platforms like Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, email services, streaming platforms, gaming services like Steam, and messaging app WhatsApp. My smartphone primarily serves for making calls and enabling Multi-factor authentication. Thankfully, these platforms and applications are user-friendly, allowing me to manage most of my communication digitally, which is especially beneficial given the challenges of handling traditional mail.
What specific design features do you find most beneficial in digital interfaces considering your disability?
Full desktop integration even if the app was designed for smartphones. Many features of smartphone apps are not available on desktop versions. Instagram is a good example of this, as some features are only available if you use their smartphone app.
What advice would you give to product designers, who often struggle to understand the needs of users with disabilities, on enhancing the accessibility of digital products?
Hire an accessibility consultant. Include disabled people in the development of your product from day 1.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us or any additional insights you’d like to offer?
Accessibility is a numbers game, as all disabilities are unique. The more accessibility options are available, the more accessible the world becomes.
This article was last updated on December 19, 2023; Originally published on December 11, 2023