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Self-employed media consultant for barrier-free website design with blindness

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of 12 - a gradual degenerative disease of the retina. The disease led to blindness in him. He is unable to perceive optical information. For him optical information must therefore be transformed so that they can be tactually or acoustically perceived. The GdB (degree of disability) is 100.

Education and job:

The man completed after graduating from high school a degree in business administration. During this time his eyesight diminished - the field of vision narrowed and visual acuity decreased. After working in the field of research and public relations, his interest in technology, programming and collaboration in a project on barrier-free communication laid the foundation for his current self-employment as a media consultant for barrier-free website design.

Workplace and work task:

As part of his work, he supports authorities and associations in the design of websites. In this context, he offers advice, information, tests, reports and workshops for web developers and editors. Since he is now blind, he learned the Braille and the use of aids for the blind. While working in the office, at customers' and in events, he uses a computer or a laptop in conjunction with a special software (screen reader) to display the optical screen content in speech. He prefers, as is the case with people who are blind later on, the speech output instead of the Braille display or tactile output in Braille for working on the computer. His workplace is therefore not equipped with a Braille display, which could also be used in conjunction with the screen reader.

Work organization:

He employs a full-time work assistant to assist in the process of checking web pages for accessibility, not always being able to access the exact nature of certain elements through the screen reader, and the visual layout, for example, provides insight into the relevance to users of individual buttons. Although the verification of contrast requirements is possible purely digitally, it can be accelerated by the visual perception of the contrasts. At lectures and workshops, the work assistant can also help with compatibility issues between PowerPoint and screen readers, and provides live web page accessibility checks.

Work environment - mobility:

The man completed a mobility training for orientation with the long stick, with the help of which he can travel the work independently. Since he has to cross a four-lane road, he likes to be picked up by his work assistant on the road for reasons of efficiency. So he only needs half the time for the commute. His work assistance also accompanies him to external appointments.

Assistive devices used:

Taststicks and white long sticks
special output software (screen reader)

Promotion and participation:

The disability-friendly workplace design was 100% and the work assistance is 50% funded by the Integration Office. The advice was provided by the specialist service for people with visual impairments or the integration specialist service.



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update status: 05.09.2018

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