Case Study
Workplace layout for an educator with visual impairment in a kindergarten


The employer is a kindergarten.

Disability and functional impairment of the employee:

The woman has a retinal disease (Stargardt's disease) and is therefore visually impaired. Her vision has deteriorated in recent years. The residual vision in both eyes is approximately 10-15%, wherein the disease in addition resulted in a sensitivity to glare. Therefore, wearing sunglasses when exposed to sunlight. The degree of disability is 100th.

Education and job:

The women is a kindergarten teacher and for some years employed part-time with the employer.

Workplace and task (current status):

The kindergarten teacher exerts its Serving in the building (common rooms, common office for administrative work, etc.) and outdoor (play area of ​​the kindergarten, excursions, etc.). Her duties here include: - Supervision of children (together with a colleague) - Participation in meetings and training courses, - Planning, preparation and execution of offers and events for children and parents (for example, excursions, hikes) and - Creating and providing the necessary materials and documents. For administrative tasks and creating materials is in an office, a PC available, which is used in this respect by all members. The computer workstation was a few years ago in the adjustment of employee disability accessible with: - A monitor swivel to position the screen at the optimum viewing distance (in compliance with an ergonomic working position) - A software to enlarge the screen content and - A screen reader (camera reading system) to enlarge of documents in paper format equipped. For increase outside the office, the kindergarten teacher could then still use a mobile screen reader or an electric microscope. The requirements in the mobile space outside the office or video workstation can no longer be completely fulfilled but by the inserted tool.

Workplace and task (desired status):

For work in the group rooms and outside, the educator was provided with a tablet with magnification software. This enables her to read documents in paper format, such as song lyrics, stories or game instructions, enlarged on the tablet and at the same time to save them there for later reuse. In this way, the employment situation of the employee has been considerably improved. However, this solution does not offer any possibility of compensating for the visual limitations in terms of the requirements of supervisory duties (playing outside, walks and excursions). Here, the support of a colleague will continue to be necessary in the future. Training and instruction in the use of the tablet in conjunction with the magnification software was carried out at the workplace by a company that sells aids.

Assistive devices used:

Screen readers, video systems with electronic image magnification on a screen Special edition software (magnifier) fixed-position systems

Further Information

Disability-friendly work design and training/introduction were promoted by the Integration or Inclusion Office - there was no economic benefit for the employer. Advice was provided by the Technical Advisory Service of the Integration and Inclusion Office and instruction in the use of the aids was provided by the company distributing the aids.

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Last Update: 13 Feb 2020