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Retraining of a woman with tetraplegia as a digital media designer

Disability and functional restriction of the woman:

She is tetraplegic following an accident which occured on her way to the training company. She is wheelchair dependent and can only still move her arms. Her area of reach, visual field and motor activity (arms) are restricted due to her disability. Her degree of disability is 100.

Education and Retraining:

During the first year of her initial training as a wood sculptor she had an accident while travelling to work, so that because of the consequences of her accident she could not complete her training. Already in the hospital, she was visited by the Vocational Assistant of the Employer's Liability Insurance Association and advised as well as supported with respect to rehabilitation. The Vocational Assistant also established contact to the further education academy of the finance FAW (specialist area rehabilitation), with respect to practicals and retraining. As part of an FAW organised operational practical she learnt about various vocations and directions. At the end of the practical she decided on retraining as a digital media designer for digital and print media with the emphasis on media design in a part-time capacity. As it was not possible for her to attend a vocational school for the whole day, she worked on the teaching material at home. These lessons were organised and supported by the FAW. The specialist practical was arranged for her by the retraining company. During her retraining she should also become acquainted with other companies, for example a printing company, in order to receive a comprehensive education. Altogether she was prepared operationally and theoretically over three years for the final examination of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Workplace and duties:

Her computer workstation is on the ground floor of the retraining company and can be reached easily and barrier-free with her electric wheelchair. To compensate for the restrictions due to her disability she needs:
- a mouse that can be repeatedly programmed to reduce the strain of operating,
- a worktable that she can drive under and is height adjustable
- an operating stick for both the left and right hand.

Assistive devices used:

electrically powered wheelchairs with powered steering
input software
computer pointing devices
operating sticks
workplace furniture and furnishing elements

Support:

The disabled-friendly layout was supported by the Employer's Liability Insurance Association as this concerned an accident at work or a travel accident.



Id-No.:

R/PB5329


  • digital media designer /
  • paralysis /
  • computer /
  • computer workplace /
  • screen work /
  • office work /
  • typing work /
  • control stick /
  • input device /
  • mouse /
  • mouse control /
  • worktable /
  • table /
  • desk /
  • electric wheelchair /
  • wheelchair /
  • mobility /
  • occupational accident /
  • accident /
  • rehabilitation manager /
  • EASTIN /
  • working equipment /
  • rehabilitation /
  • work task /
  • mobility aid /
  • part-time job /
  • working hours /
  • organisation /
  • vocational school /
  • handling /
  • training /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • spinal cord /
  • qualification /
  • physical disability /
  • print, media and advertising /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • mobility and locomotion /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • Employers Liability Insurance Association /
  • Wheelchair-driver /
  • motor impairment /
  • paraplegia /
  • tetraplegia /
  • training /
  • office /
  • telework /
  • media /
  • 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 /
  • vocational training /
  • vocational preparation /
  • assistive product /
  • practical course /
  • retraining /
  • vocational finding


update status: 11.07.2011


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