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Layout of the workplace for a wages clerk with microsomia in a sheltered workshop for the disabled


The employer is a sheltered workshop for the disabled (WfbM). 400 people with disabilities supported by full-time staff ( social workers, group leaders, etc.) work there.

Disability and functional limitation of the woman:

She has microsomia (length 96 cm with a weight of 30 kg), spinal curvature (with a partial stiffening of the vertebrae) and changes in the feet. She is wheelchair dependent.
Her degree of disability is 100 (GdB 100).


She has worked for the past 12 years in the WfbM as a wages clerk.

Work duties:

Among others, her duties consist of preparing the wages and salaries of the approx. 400 supported disabled people.

Workplace (actual status):

She has the usual PC workplace with a portable worktable. This PC workplace is not sufficiently suited to her limited reach. As well as this, she must share the available PC and standard input aids like mouse and keyboard with colleagues. Distances at the workplace are covered with a 10 year old electric wheelchair which was partially adapted to her disability. Because of its age the wheelchair is in need of repairs.

Workplace (desired status):

She needs a new electric wheelchair so that she can move independently within her office and the workshop. The wheelchair must be equipped with a lifting device. This enables her to transfer independently onto the seat of the wheelchair. As well as this it puts her in the position to reach objects which are actually out of her area of reach (light switch, door handles, etc). The most suitable is the wheelchair 'Chairman' from the company 'permobil'. This type of wheelchair, can with appropriate readjustments, best be fitted to her needs.
She needs a PC inkl. software, monitor as well as a laser printer so that she can work independently. Because of her small area of reach and very short fingers, she has considerable problems using a normal PC keyboard. She requires a small field keyboard as well as a GlidePoint ( replacement for a normal mouse).

Assistive devices used:

electrically powered wheelchairs with powered steering
input devices for computers
input software
computer pointing devices


The employer was given a subsidy of 100% of the arising costs from money from equalisation taxes.



  • physical disability /
  • office work /
  • accounting /
  • accountant /
  • computer workplace /
  • screen work /
  • typing work /
  • height /
  • wheelchair /
  • electric wheelchair /
  • mobility /
  • computer /
  • input device /
  • keyboard /
  • small-size keyboard /
  • mouse /
  • mouse control /
  • glidepoint /
  • touchpad /
  • EASTIN /
  • working equipment /
  • work task /
  • mobility aid /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • spine /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • mobility and locomotion /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • walking impairment /
  • Wheelchair-driver /
  • microsomia /
  • back illness /
  • sheltered workshop /
  • office /
  • body posture /
  • standing /
  • walking /
  • reaching area /
  • body load /
  • workplace design /
  • technical advice /
  • assistive product

update status: 23.07.2008

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