Case Study
Arbeits­platz­gestaltung für eine Richterin


The employer is the Ministry of Justice.

Disability and functional restriction of the woman:

She has a visually impaired right eye and is blind in the left eye. Her ability to perceive visual information is restricted. Words, numbers, characters or symbols can only be recognised and read if they are enlarged. Her degree of disability is 100.

Training and job:

She completed legal studies. For several years she has been employed as a judge at a higher regional court.

Workplace and duties (actual status):

During trials she works in court otherwise in her office, where she prepares or works on the court cases. Up till now a diagonally placed tabletop has served as a writing and reading surface, on which, with the aid of a reading magnifier and monitor reading equipment, she can enlarge the print sufficiently to read for her activities. Because of the deterioration of her sight, the available aids are no longer enough for reading the printed information.

Workplace and duties (desired status):

A PC with large screen monitor was acquired for her workplace at the office, so that she can still carry out her duties. Using a modern camera reading system (monitor reading equipment), together with the high performance PC, she can enlarge printed information to display on her monitor and read. Enlarging software installed on the PC enables her to develop written texts and operate the computer or work with the software (word processing, databases, etc.). The information for this can be enlarged on the monitor in sections and different colour contrasts. The enlarging software also has a speech option. Thus, the visual monitor content can be audibly reproduced via the sound card as well as the loudspeaker or headphones or read to her. Using a printer she can print written documents. As well as this she uses a laptop during cases in court. With the aid of the laptop, she has access even during the trial to information, which is presented enlarged on her display using the enlarging software. As she had absolutely no experience with a PC, before acquiring these aids, she had to be trained.

Assistive devices used:

magnifier glasses, lenses and lens systems for magnification image-enlarging video systems special output software (screenreader)

Keywords and Further Information

Funding and participation:

The disabled-friendly layout was supported by the Integration Office. The consultancy was carried out by the engineer's specialist for the disabled-oriented work design of the Integration Office - the so-called Technical Advisory Service.

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Last Update: 4 Jun 2018