A half-day RESNA 2011 workshop with Andy Winnegar
Wheelchair workstation design has generally presumed users work seated in a wheelchair, yet for some individuals this is not possible. After all, wheelchairs come in a variety of configurations including standing and tilting, and wheelchair users who work standing, lying on their backs, sides and stomachs also need accessible user-friendly workstations. Indeed there are an estimated 1.4 million wheelchair users in the United States and all have a need to access computers and other devices.
This workshop is about what exists and what needs to be invented for those who use wheelchairs. Participants will help brainstorm new ideas starting with what exists today. The workshop will conclude with elaborating on concepts that are the most promising for the future design process.
Come if you want:
1. An understanding of the range of technologies available for alternative workstation design;
2. To learn about technical and functional aspects of workstation ergonomics.
3. To identify 6 current devices intended for particular operational functions.
4. To identify 3 new technologies not yet developed that may hold promise.
RESNA 2011 will be held in Toronto, Canada at the Sheraton Centre Toronto from June 5 through June 8, 2011. Learn more at this RESNA conference Web page.
Andrew Winnegar is a consultant with the DBTAC Southwest ADA Center a program of ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) at TIRR Memorial Hermann. He recently presented with RESNA TA on a model accommodation policy for small business at the RSA Employment Conference. He was honored as the 2007 RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineer and Assistive Technology Society of North America) Conference, Don Ross Invited Lecturer - Early Deployment of Reasonable Accommodations for State Government Workers.