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Barrier-free design for a kindergarten worker with dysmelia


The employer is a local kindergarten

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The woman has a dysmelia or limb malformation of the hands and arms. The limb deformity leads to a restriction in handling and gripping and in addition to a restriction of the gripping area. In addition, can be produced only small body forces through the malformation and used for activities. Due to the strong impairment of the arms and hands she uses her feet to write, draw, etc.
The degree of handicap (degree of disability) is 100 The severely handicapped carries the markers B, G and H.

Education and work:

The wife works as a teacher or a kindergarten teacher at the employer

Workplace and work duties:

The governess looked after along with a colleague, the children of a group. The aim is to support, through age-appropriate games and excursions in their mental and physical development of the children. The older children of the group to be also prepared by playful learning on the following time in grade school. In addition to the educational and pedagogical tasks, the kindergarten teacher also takes administrative and organizational tasks. For the administrative and organizational tasks you are a height-adjustable work table and office chair with strong tiltable backrest available. These two tools enable the kindergarten teacher typing with your feet in a working height required to run it. To sharpen a pencil lead and colored pencils she uses an electric sharpener, which is on the work table and can be accessed and operated with the feet without any problems.
When you play with the children sitting in the kindergarten teacher often with them on the floor. She sits on a seat pad made of special foam, which prevents a deeper drop when standing up, making it easier to stand up for them.
The group room should be aired more often. The windows and shutters were added provided with closers and openers that are electric-motor driven and can be operated easily by switches from the kindergarten teacher. This is necessary because at times she looked alone the group, and her colleague, therefore, can not ask to ventilate

Work environment:

So that the teacher can enter the kindergarten had power sliding doors and an electric lock with numeric code or code card (for automatically opening the sliding doors) are installed in the entrance area. As the teacher uses her feet in certain situations as a substitute for the hands, it bears in kindergarten no shoes and socks. The plumbing had therefore to be modified so that they can wash their feet in pollution in the existing shower itself. For this purpose, a single-lever mixer and a soap dispenser had to be installed so that they can be operated with the feet. To wash the feet of the teacher is in the shower on a shower stool. To dry the feet they use a common towel that can take them with your feet off the towel rack

Assistive devices used:

shower chairs with and without wheels
showers and shower cubicles
soap holders and soap dispensers
openers and closers
window openers and closers
sunblind openers and sunblind closers
installations and fittings
manual drawing and writing tools (pencil sharpener)
work and office chairs


The disability-friendly design was sponsored by the Office integration. The employer also receives monthly from the Integration Office, to compensate for the exceptional stress (reduced service and support of the staff member) has a financial subsidy.
In REHADAT you will find the address and phone the integration offices.



  • working environment /
  • environment /
  • physical disability /
  • door opening system /
  • door lock /
  • sanitary facility /
  • soap dispenser /
  • shower /
  • fitting /
  • working equipment /
  • reduced working capacity /
  • access route /
  • door /
  • door closing system /
  • lock /
  • window /
  • window opener /
  • window closer /
  • shower seat /
  • stool /
  • operating control /
  • shower stool /
  • venetian blind /
  • jalousie opener /
  • closer for sunblinds /
  • one hand fitting /
  • kindergarten /
  • educator /
  • worktable /
  • table /
  • typing work /
  • desk /
  • work chair /
  • chair /
  • office chair /
  • pencil sharpener /
  • access to workplace /
  • working performance /
  • work task /
  • barrier-freedom /
  • washing /
  • dry /
  • attendance expense /
  • organisation /
  • handling /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • arm /
  • hand /
  • dazzle cover /
  • dazzling /
  • upbringing /
  • EASTIN /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • soft skills and social behaviour /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • hand impairment /
  • dysmelia /
  • arm impairment /
  • service /
  • public service /
  • education /
  • gripping /
  • holding /
  • body posture /
  • finger hand movement /
  • reaching area /
  • body load /
  • independence /
  • shoulder arm movement /
  • workplace design /
  • work organisation /
  • technical advice /
  • barrier-free design /
  • care /
  • wage costs subsidy /
  • assistive product /
  • working environment design /
  • personal support /
  • subsidy to secure employment

update status: 04.12.2009

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