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Workplace layout for a masseur with visual impairment


The employer runs a physiotherapy practice. Apart from the owner there is only a disabled masseur employed in the practice.

Disability and functional restriction:

He is severely visually impaired. He is very restricted in his ability to perceive visual information, like signs or symbols.

Training and job:

He completed training as a masseur and balneotherapist. Directly following on from this he found employment in a physiotherapy practice. Here he is employed 31 hours a week.

Workplace and duties (actual status):

The rooms in the practice where he works are modern and appropriately furnished and are in good condition.
Part of his activities are, among others, therapy with stimulation currents. He is however, unable to operate the available stimulation current equipment in the practice because of his visual impairment.

Workplace and duties (desired status):

So that he can carry out the requirements demanded by his profession, the acquisition of stimulation current treatment equipment which he can also operate without problems was necessary.
There is equipment available on the market for this purpose with voice output for blind and visually impaired people as well as an enlarged monitor indicator.
He tested both device concepts. He decided on the device with the monitor indicator which he could operate well in the testing.

Assistive devices used:
muscle stimulators not used as orthoses


The disabled-friendly layout was supported by the Integration Office.



  • sensory disorder /
  • masseur /
  • physiotherapy /
  • massage practice /
  • electrotherapy unit /
  • therapeutic device /
  • operating control /
  • muscle stimulator /
  • screen /
  • display /
  • output device /
  • enlargement /
  • working equipment /
  • work task /
  • part-time job /
  • working hours /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • employer /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • eye /
  • EASTIN /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • visual impairment /
  • service /
  • health system /
  • visualize /
  • information perception /
  • workplace design /
  • technical advice /
  • assistive product

update status: 04.06.2018

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