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Workplace design and job assistance for an employee with blindness and deafness


The employer is a diocese.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man is blind and deaf-blind due to Usher syndrome. He was deaf from birth and later went blind over the years. The man is unable to perceive acoustic information. His eyesight is limited to the perception of light and dark. For him, therefore, information must be converted so that he can perceive it tactilely with his fingers. Communication or communication takes place using the Lorm key alphabet and Braille. The GdB (degree of disability) is 100.


The man works as a pastor for the employer.

Workplace and duties:

As a pastor, he looks after deaf-blind and hearing-impaired people in the area of ??the diocese and during the service, takes part in regular meetings of councils within the framework of pastoral care, is responsible for public relations related to pastoral care and offers counseling appointments for affected people and relatives. The administrative and typing work is done at a workstation in his office. Internal and external communication takes place primarily via email or in writing. As the eyesight deteriorated to such an extent due to illness that it was no longer possible to use residual eyesight, the existing screen workstation, which was designed with the aid of enlargement software and a screen reader, had to be adapted to the blindness. The pastor now uses a screen reader (special software) for the Braille display connected to the computer for screen work. With the help of the screen reader, the Braille display converts the optical screen contents into computer braille or information that can be read with the fingers. Texts from letters and books in black letters that were previously scanned using text recognition software can also be tactile output via the Braille display and then read by the employee with his fingers. Alternatively, he can read the text aloud or have it printed in Braille using the Braille printer. He learned Braille early on in his school years at a special school, because at that time illness-related illnesses had to be expected. The training and use of the new aids was carried out at the workplace by the company offering the aids.
In direct contact with the deafblind people to be cared for in the office, church or at home, communication takes place via the touch alphabet Lorm.

Work organization:

Since not all handicap-related restrictions can be compensated for by the use of the aids, a work assistant must be used for the trips as driving service, escort help and office help for 46 hours per month.

Assistive devices used:

tactile computer display (Braille)
printer (embosser)
special edition software (screen readers)

Support and participation:

Workplace design and training for aids have been carried out and work assistance is funded by the Integration and Inclusion Office. The advice was provided by the technical advice service of the integration or inclusion office.



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  • Lorm /
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  • e-mail /
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  • health, care and social affairs /
  • information and communication /
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  • soft skills and social behaviour /
  • deaf-blindness /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • blindness /
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  • office /
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  • independence /
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  • typing /
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  • job assistance

update status: 28.11.2019

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