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Case Study Workplace design for an apprentice at a municipal administration


The employer is a municipal government.

Disability and functional limitation of the adolescent:
The adolescent has a clouding of the eye lens or a high degree of impairment of near and far vision. He therefore has limited ability to perceive visual information, such as letters and symbols. In addition, the young person has a spinal disorder. Therefore, static working postures should be avoided.

Training and job:

After finishing school and the application procedure, the young person was offered a training position as an administrative assistant at the city administration.

Workplace and work task:

During the training period, the young person is to be deployed in various areas of the administration at changing workplaces. In order to enable him to operate the computers available at the individual workplaces, a large-screen monitor and software for magnification must be provided for him. The monitor is connected to the respective PC in place of the existing monitor and magnification software is also installed in each case.
Furthermore, the trainee needs a reading device with the help of which he can read paper documents. This device consists of a camera unit with a movable reading table as well as a connection interface to the monitor, i.e. the reading takes place via the same medium, whereby it is possible to switch between the reading device and the monitor.
Due to the spinal disorder, an ergonomic office swivel chair and a height-adjustable desk that allows working in a sitting or standing posture must be provided.

Assistive products used:

Further Information

The workplace design suitable for disabled people was supported by the employment agency. Advice was provided by the Technical Advisory Service (TBD) of the Employment Agency.

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Last Update: 4 Jun 2018