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Layout of a computer workstation for a warehouse keeper with blindness in the supply industry


The employer is an automobile components supplier.

Disability and functional limitation of the man:

The man is blind following an occlusion of the optic nerve. He is unable to perceive visual information ( printed texts, etc.). Therefore visual information must be so transformed that he can perceive it in a tactile way with his fingers (e.g. braille) or acoustically His degree of disability is 100.

Training and job:

Up till now he was the supervisor in the tool sharpening. In a cooperation between the vocational retraining centre, the pension insurance agency and employer, a vocational opening was created in the company. He is carrying out a 12-month blind technical basic training in a vocational retraining centre (BfW). After this the employer wishes to employ him in the goods receiving department and tool store.

Workplace and duties:

He will be employed at a new computer workstation in the goods receiving department and tool store. His activities here are a combination of office and storeroom work. At his workplace in the office he completes the administrative work for the stockkeeping (delivery notes, orders, etc.) and in the storeroom itself he undertakes placing and removal of the materials. During the rehabilitation measures at the vocational retraining centre he learnt braille, participated in computer training and as part of his practical he was acquainted with his new workplace. In order to carry out his activities he needs a screen reader (special software) for the braille line attached to the computer. With the aid of the screen reader, the braille line transforms the visual monitor content of the Windows surface and software applications into computer braille or information which can be read with the fingers. Printed material which has been scanned into a text recognition software programme can also be reproduced in a tactile way and finally read by him with his fingers. As an alternative to this the texts can also be read out to him via the speech output.

Assistive devices used:

assistive products for orientation
tactile computer displays (braille displays)
special output software (screenreader)

Work environment:

As part of his blind technical basic training, he completed mobility training. With the aid of a stick for the blind he is able to cope with the route to work.


The vocational reintegration (blind technical basic training, disabled-friendly layout, etc.) was supported by the pension insurance agency.



  • sensory disorder /
  • mobility /
  • aids for the blind /
  • braille /
  • braille display /
  • keyboard /
  • output device /
  • computer /
  • storage administration /
  • store-keeper /
  • goods receipt /
  • sales of goods /
  • computer workplace /
  • screen work /
  • office work /
  • typing work /
  • scanner /
  • input device /
  • text recognition software /
  • text recognition /
  • word processing /
  • software /
  • screenreader /
  • white stick /
  • working equipment /
  • access to workplace /
  • working environment /
  • environment /
  • work task /
  • orientation /
  • orientation aid /
  • mobility aid /
  • storage /
  • storeman /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • eye /
  • EASTIN /
  • learning to read /
  • organisation /
  • transport, trade and logistics /
  • information and communication /
  • learning and knowledge application /
  • mobility and locomotion /
  • pension insurance /
  • blindness /
  • industry /
  • training /
  • storage /
  • vocational retraining centre /
  • office /
  • logistics /
  • visualize /
  • information perception /
  • information output /
  • typing /
  • reading /
  • workplace design /
  • work organisation /
  • technical advice /
  • assistive product /
  • practical course /
  • mobility training

update status: 05.06.2018

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