Ask an Expert – September 2023 – What Makes a Workstation Accessible?

Donna Jodhan, a woman with short dark hair and glasses, sits at a table with a laptop in front of her.

Hello everyone!

Each month I will be responding to a question chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked.

This month, I’d like to answer the following question:

What Makes a Workstation Accessible?

When we use the term work station, we should definitely broaden the meaning to include not just at the office but also at home. Because we know that the Pandemic has certainly forced us to expand the meaning of this term.

So here are a few general tips to meet this requirement.

  • Work stations should be spacious enough so that you do not feel cramped.
  • Everything that you require in your work station should be easily reachable.
  • Your desk chair and desk should be comfortable enough for you to reach.
  • You should not need or have to endure any discomfort when sitting in your chair or being able to reach your desk.
  • Your computer monitor should be easy to see and should be well positioned in front of you.
  • Make sure that you have enough space to accommodate all of your required equipment, devices, and enough outlets so as not to clutter your work station.
  • Make sure that you can easily stretch your legs in front of you while sitting.
  • Finally, make sure that there is enough air circulating around you in your work station. There is nothing worse than having to sit in a stuffy work station.

This should be a good start.

To contact me please send an email to!
I’m Donna J. Jodhan (award-winning sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)

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