Ergonomic Adjustments

The first area of consideration is ergonomic adjustment. The evaluation team has to look at this area. The physical setup can make a difference in how successful the individual is at a computer station. A good ergonomic setup depends on the individual however pay close attention to these factors:

  • Position of student in front of the computer station.
  • Keyboard setup (on wheelchair tray, slant board, reading stand, large print keys).
  • Angle of the monitor to eye gaze.
  • Angle of the elbows (angle from fingers on keys to elbow joints).
  • Type of office chair, wheelchair, etc.
  • Distance from the eyes to the monitor.

Attention to ergonomics can have an effect on:

  • How comfortable the student is at the computer station.
  • How long a student can interact with the computer.
  • How well the student sees the screen.
  • How easy it is to access the keyboard (typing rate and efficiency).

Observation Questions

When observing an individual at a computer station, look for answers to the following questions. Review the questions first before observing the individual (or in this, case the video of the individual).

  1. Where is the student positioned at the computer station?
  2. Where is the monitor placed?
  3. How is the keyboard setup?
  4. How can the physical environment be further improved?

Video Description

After reviewing the questions, read over the video description below.

Teacher said, "See the Word icon?" Student took a quick glance at the screen. She placed her left hand on the wheelchair steering joystick. She activated the wheelchair by moving the joystick forward. The wheelchair lined up next to the table and in front of the computer screen. The computer setup consists of a CRT tube monitor with a full size keyboard placed on a reading stand.

Observing the Video

After observing the video, answer questions in the "Observation Questions" section.

Ergonomic Adjustment Video Link

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