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Accessible Computer Workstations: A Snapshot

ENews: Volume 10, Issue 2, Second Quarter, 2012

From the desk of Beth Loy, Ph.D., Principal Consultant


When designing accessible computer workstations, considerations should be made for individuals with mobility, vision, hearing, and/or cognitive limitations. Although not all inclusive, the following provides guidance on including equipment that will improve the accessibility of workstations for individuals with disabilities.

To increase access for individuals with mobility impairments:

To increase access for individuals with low vision:

To increase access for individuals who are blind (and those with low vision):

To increase access for individuals who are hard of hearing:

To increase access for individuals who are deaf:

  • Provide accessible audio and video, where applicable (via captioning, a script, and/or the use of an interpreter)

To increase access for individuals with cognitive limitations:

Also keep in mind spacing requirements for accessible routes and space requirements in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design).

sit/stand workstation