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Workplace design for a teacher with ataxia


The employer is an elementary school or a state government.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The woman has a Ataxia to a disorder of movement coordination in walking and handling. In addition, she has worked with his hands to hold objects problems over a longer period and to stand longer.

Training and job:

The woman holds a teaching degree for primary school. After studying and 1 State examination, she completed a two-year internship, which she with the second State exam ended. It shall inform the employer or at the elementary school pupils of the first to fourth grade.

Workplace and duties:

The teacher can not hold the learning content with the chalk on the blackboard to teach. She has disability-related problems to keep the chalk for writing and sketching and to stand longer in front of the blackboard.
Thus, the teacher can continue to teach the traditional panel has been replaced with an interactive whiteboard with a diagonal of 85 inches. In conjunction with a Pen Display (special tablet with stylus) as an accessory can create the teacher in a sitting posture by her teacher table panel paintings and hold the learning content. The panel images and contents are to transferred directly from pen display on the whiteboard and displayed. Also, the students write learning content on the whiteboard with your hand or a pen. These are then protrude on the pen display to the teacher.
The developed on the pen display and whiteboard panel images can then be saved. This has, inter alia, the advantage that they are available for the following lessons are available and can be repeated without effort.

Work organisation and work environment:
The teacher taught always in the classroom with whiteboard, ie students or classes change the room and come to her. The classroom can be achieved without barriers from the teacher.

Assistive devices used:

Accessories for audio and video systems and visual systems (document camera)
Visual computer display equipment and accessories (whiteboards)

Support and participation:

The disability-friendly design was sponsored by the Office integration. The consultation was carried out by the Engineer Professional services for disability-related work planning the integration office - the so-called Technical Advisory Service.
In REHADAT you will also find the addresses and telephone numbers of the Integration Offices addresses.



  • physical disability /
  • EASTIN /
  • working equipment /
  • work task /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • teacher /
  • training /
  • input device /
  • blackboard /
  • output device /
  • employer /
  • organisation /
  • tablet /
  • whiteboard /
  • handling /
  • mobility /
  • best practice /
  • digitalization /
  • handling and transport /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • mobility and locomotion /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • walking impairment /
  • motor impairment /
  • ataxia /
  • school /
  • public service /
  • education /
  • gripping /
  • holding /
  • body posture /
  • standing /
  • walking /
  • lifting /
  • motoricity /
  • coordination of movements /
  • finger hand movement /
  • body load /
  • workplace design /
  • work organisation /
  • technical advice /
  • assistive product

update status: 11.02.2014

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