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Case Study Barrier-free design of the access path for a parish priest


The employer is a church congregation. The parish consists of four community centres with various facilities, e.g. a youth centre is located in one of the community centres.

Employee's disability and functional limitation:

The man has multiple sclerosis (MS). For several years he has been unable to walk or stand and is dependent on the use of a wheelchair. Due to his disability, his mobility and grasping range are limited. The GdB (degree of disability) is 100.

Training and job:

The man has a degree in theology. He currently works part-time as a pastor at the parish.

Workplace and work task:

The pastor works, among other things, in the youth centre of the parish. The rooms of the youth centre are located in the basement of the parish centre.

Work environment (as-is):
In order to reach the rooms of the youth centre in the basement, the pastor has to be carried down the stairs or he is brought down with the help of an electric stair climber. However, this stair climber must be operated by a trained person.
The staircase from the ground floor to the basement of the parish centre is spacious. It consists of a staircase interrupted by an intermediate landing. The upper part of the staircase consists of 5 steps, the second part of 17 steps.

Working environment (target state):

The access to the basement or the youth centre has to be designed barrier-free, so that the pastor can reach the rooms at any time without help. To make this possible, an inclined stair lift with wheelchair platform has been installed in the stairwell.

Assistive products used:

Further Information

The design suitable for disabled people was 100% funded by the Integration Office.

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Last Update: 5 Oct 2006