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Case Study Workplace design for an administrative assistant


The employer is a municipal government.

Employee's Disability and Functional Limitation:

The man has diminished arm, leg, and back muscles due to spinal muscular atrophy and is dependent on the use of a power wheelchair. His grasping range, his physical strength and his mobility are limited due to his disability. The GdB (degree of disability) is 100. His severely disabled person's certificate contains the marks G, aG, RF and H.

Training and job:

The man is an administrative assistant and works in his learned profession for the employer.

Workplace and work task:

The administrative assistant has barrier-free access to his office or computer workstation via the lift. The desk at the workplace is height-adjustable and wheelchair accessible. The administrative assistant performs clerical and administrative tasks at his workplace. For the clerical and administrative work, underlays as well as files have to be created, sifted and finally archived. He has been provided with an electric hole punch and stapler for this purpose. The two work aids are placed in the limited gripping space on the work table and enable him to punch and staple underlays without using too much force. The archiving of the files was facilitated by the acquisition of a paternoster (circulating shelf). The shelves of the paternoster can be adjusted circumferentially by an electric motor and thus positioned at an optimum height for filing or retrieval.

Assistive products used:

Further Information

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

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Last Update: 11 Aug 2006