A billboard along the highway caught my attention this past week. I think it was for a furniture store or antique store. It was the tagline that caught my attention. It read, “Old is New”
Can you lift a leg high enough to step up onto a bar stool? Skilled tradesmen are forced to do that each time they climb onto heavy machinery. Powerful machinery saves labor and allows skilled trade workers to complete difficult tasks safely and efficiently. Workers with disabling illness or injury need these machines more than ever, but struggle to access the operator station. We will discuss how skilled tradesmen use heavy machinery and the typical methods to climb into the operator station. With custom designed folding ladders, skilled workers with disabling illness or injury can safely climb to the operator’s station and continue their careers.
You never expected your life activities to be so limited by injury, illness, aging – constant pain. You might feel trapped. You might feel like you can’t do anything. You might think that your future is now a closed door. Your mind might feel like a foggy cloud without a thought of what could be.
Could you build me a ___________? Custom Assistive Technology is an idea built to your specifications for individual workers! Have you dreamed of a product ‘If only I could have a …” ???
Personal Assistive Technology Consultation has been one of the top 3 goals of DisabilityWorkTools.com from the beginning, because it is the conviction the Lord placed on my heart in the beginning. In 1997 I was graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and desired to work directly with people. I did not want to sit in a cubicle designing pistons, I wanted to…
Is it reasonable for a person with severe visual impairments to operate high-tolerance machines to manufacture parts with a lathe and mill? Would that be a good recommendation?
Skilled tradesmen with disabling conditions can search for the best and worst trades for their specific abilities. The O*NET program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors.
Assistive technology assessments help individual workers determine which assistive technologies and strategies will improve their functioning on the job in spite of a disabling condition. We assess: a) the required activities to successfully perform a job, b) the human factors of the worker, and c) the environment in which the work will be done. Without an assistive technology assessment, a worker and his employer will not be aware of the many ways to make a tradesman’s worksite accessible to a person with a disability.
Why Are So Many People With Disabilities Unemployed?
We often hear complaints about so many people “on disability” getting a government check. Below are some questions to ask about this. Perhaps you have your own questions to add…
Back spasms lead to arm amputations? A worker I recently met was being treated for a back impairment. One day while operating heavy machinery he had a severe back spasm which caused him to lose his balance and become…
Rome wasn’t built in a day. You clear land by cutting down one tree at a time. How do you decide what tool to modify when there are thousands of tools in the shop?