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Workplace layout for a data processing clerk with blindness


The employer is a canteen.

Disability and functional limitation:

He is blind and thus is unable to process visual information. Visual information must therefore be so transformed that he can perceive it in a tactile way with his fingers or acoustically.

Training and job:

He is a data processing clerk. After completing his training all attempts by the Job Centre to find him a permanent position were unsuccessful, until he eventually found a job in the office area of the canteen.

Workplace and duties:

He works at a computer workstation. As the person responsible for the system, he evaluates all goods and oversees prices, stock, etc on the PC and thus becomes a central contact point in the area of the company (1, 000 up to 1,100 meals daily). This workplace was especially created for him.
A specially developed programme from the company EDV-Service Schaupp was used for his areas of duty based on a still to be developed exact work course programme, for which he must still be trained.
As well as this in the introductory phase a reader was needed for 10 hours a week.
The following tasks for example must be carried out by him as part of his duties on the computer:
- sales item groups of the trade goods and creating sale items
- undertaking regular data back-ups
- printing recipes and cooking instructions
- looking after prices of the sale items
- entering turnover
- cash export and import
- computed inventory
In order to fulfil and carry out these activities on the computer the following aids are needed:
- a screenreader to transform the graphic monitor content into text information, which he can perceive via an output medium (braille line or speech output using a loudspeaker)
- a braille line for tactile reading of monitor content by means of finger sensing
- speech output for acoustic transformation of monitor content by means of a sound card using loudspeaker or headphones
- a scanner system for scanning printed texts which can be read by tactile means using text recognition and braille line or speech output or produced acoustically
- a braille printer for printing information in braille
In addition he also uses a dictaphone for making speech notices e.g.:
- for recording access and movement of goods (information is spoken on site into the dictaphone by whoever is responsible for the storeroom)
- recipe changes
- recipe calculation
- inventory (spoken by colleagues into the dictaphone)
- clearing of invoices (after registering on the dictaphone in connection with delivery notes on the system)

Assistive devices used:

assistive products for orientation
assistive products that record, play and display audio and visual information
tactile computer displays (braille displays)
special output software (screenreader)

Work surroundings:

During a mobility training he was taught to cover his route at work with the aid of a stick for the blind.


The aids for the disabled friendly layout of the workplace were supported by the Job Centre. The Job Centre also covered the costs of the mobility training and the reader.



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  • data processing clerk /
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  • eye /
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  • information and communication /
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update status: 05.06.2018

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