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Workplace design for a student assistant with quadriplegia and spasticity

Disability and functional limitation:

The woman has a quadriplegia with a remaining small residual function in the arms (incomplete paralysis) and a spastic paralysis caused by spinal automatisms. It is dependent on the constant use of a wheelchair. Your grasping space, their motor skills and their ability to handle objects are also limited due to disability. The degree of handicap (degree of disability) the woman is 100

Job:

The woman was readjusted as a software trainer and tester by the employer.

Workplace and duties:

At her new job she will be working as a trainer and tester in the department training (customer training), test and support. For their work on personal contact with their colleagues is important, so that they partially working at a video workstation in the company office. In addition a telework square was for the employee will be set up in her apartment. The existing enterprise video workstation and the teleworkstation had to be designed so that they can work independently of it. The employee received for both jobs:
- A PC with monitor
- A small box keyboard
- A three-button mouse
- A high-performance speech recognition system for the PC
- A headset (Head Set) and a software for making calls via the PC
- A height-adjustable work table
In addition, the employee attended training for working with speech recognition.

Assistive devices used:

electrically powered wheelchairs with electronic steering
software for telecommunications and telematics
keyboards
input software
computer pointing devices
worktables

Work environment:

Access to the company building had to be rebuilt for wheelchair users.

Support:

The disability-friendly design was funded 100% from the Integration Office.



Id-No.:

R/PB4141


  • working environment /
  • environment /
  • access route /
  • physical disability /
  • computer /
  • computer workplace /
  • screen work /
  • office work /
  • typing work /
  • training /
  • telephone /
  • head set /
  • head set /
  • input device /
  • speech recognition /
  • speech control /
  • speech input /
  • display /
  • mouse /
  • mouse control /
  • worktable /
  • desk /
  • table /
  • keyboard /
  • paralysis /
  • wheelchair /
  • electric wheelchair /
  • working equipment /
  • work task /
  • barrier-freedom /
  • mobility aid /
  • mobility /
  • new hire /
  • organisation /
  • handling /
  • communication aid /
  • communication /
  • calling /
  • hands-free telephone /
  • employment /
  • using telecommunication device /
  • telecommunication device /
  • telecommunications /
  • hands-free facility /
  • telephone aid /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • EASTIN /
  • spinal cord /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • mobility and locomotion /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • motor impairment /
  • brain damage /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • Wheelchair-driver /
  • spasticity /
  • tetraplegia /
  • office /
  • telework /
  • gripping /
  • holding /
  • body posture /
  • standing /
  • walking /
  • rate of work /
  • motoricity /
  • coordination of movements /
  • finger hand movement /
  • reaching area /
  • body load /
  • shoulder arm movement /
  • workplace design /
  • work organisation /
  • technical advice /
  • barrier-free design /
  • assistive product /
  • working environment design


update status: 26.07.2006


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