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    My younger sister who has a spinal deformation had her ergonomic assessment this morning. The ergonomic assessor only had one chair she could try which had no provision for any modifications; i.e the seat couldn't be changed for one with more depth; a service offered by the vast majority of ergonomic chair suppliers. It appears they have taken a stock budget ergonomic chair and attempted to shoehorn her into it, rather than fit the chair around her.

    Is anyone aware of any provision in the DSA regulations that suggests an ergonomic chair has to be medically suitable for the student (within reason of course) ?
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    I don't think we have any assessors on here. But any equipment provided (whether that's a chair, software, dictaphone, etc) has to be suitable for the needs of the student and not the first piece of equipment they come across.
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    ... any equipment provided (whether that's a chair, software, dictaphone, etc) has to be suitable for the needs of the student and not the first piece of equipment they come across.

    That certainly would appear to be the common sense analysis. The issue is trying to find any regulation that makes it clear.

    I thought DSA-QAG was some kind of overseer of the DSA process, they and SFE don't appear interested or able to offer any advice on the matter.
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    The chair should be suitable and your sister should contact the assessment centre where she had her needs assessment and tell them that she is not happy with the ergonomic assessment, There are other places that do these, so it wouldn't be difficult for the assessment centre to refer her for a second ergonomic assessment with someone better. When arranging this, it may be worth your sister checking that the assessor has some info about what she may need, and confirm that they will bring a range of options for her to try.
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    (Original post by Skipadee)
    , it may be worth your sister checking that the assessor has some info about what she may need, and confirm that they will bring a range of options for her to try.

    The assessment centre are not being very responsive over the matter.
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    How about getting the Uni's Disability Service to get involved and maybe contact the assessment centre on her behalf? The centre should also have a complaints policy on their website so if nothing else works try that. Just dont order any equipment that isnt suitable as once SFE pay for something like a chair its almost impossible to get them to pay for second one regardless of how unsuitable the first may be.
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    Yes, I think your sister needs to raise it formally with the assessment centre's manager, expressing her dissatisfaction with the assessment, and asking if it's possible to be referred to a specialist ergonomic assessor/company. From memory, the specialist assessor takes measurements, takes account of your specific conditions and limitations etc, before recommending a specific chair/desk etc. As others have said, this is too important to get wrong. If the chair supplied is no good, it could even exacerbate your sister's condition.
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    The concerns have been raised with the assessment centre, hopefully this will be resolved.
 
 
 
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