Ergonomic Furniture from the DRC
NOTICE: If you are teaching on campus, the DRC has proactively placed ergonomic furniture for students into your classroom. Please do not move this furniture; it has been placed to maintain proper physical distancing.
Ergonomic furniture is an important accommodation to ensure equal access for students with certain types of disabilities. The DRC places furniture for students only.
Eligibility to Use Furniture
The DRC accommodation notification email will indicate whether a student is eligible for this accommodation and the type of furniture that is placed for them (e.g. adjustable chair, table, etc.). Eligible students who request ergonomic furniture receive an email receipt from the DRC which specifies the DRC label number, and a brief description of the furniture. Should questions arise, this email receipt and label number can be used to verify who is eligible to use a specific piece of furniture.
Maintaining Placement in the Classroom
DRC furniture should not be moved to the sides or back of the classroom. Whenever possible it should be left in its place.
If Issues Arise
If needed, faculty may want to make a general announcement to the class. We recommend using the following script: "Furniture has been placed in the classroom for students who need it for access. Each piece of DRC furniture has a red “Property of the Disability Resource Center” label and a laminated tag attached that notifies people not to use or move the furniture. Please be respectful and do not use or move this furniture unless it has been checked out to you."
We recommend you do your service requests for furniture at least one week before classes begin to ensure that furniture will be available to you on the first day of class.
When furniture is placed and confirmed, you will receive an email checking out your specific furniture to you. If questions come up about who is eligible to use the DRC furniture, you can use this email to confirm you are the person to whom the furniture is checked out.
DRC furniture is placed in PSU classrooms and on-campus internship spaces only. We have put together some information about home furniture hacks for you to consider in making a home work space comfortable.
Basic Classroom Placement Standards
While there is no one ideal way to lay out furniture in a classroom, there are some general standards that may be helpful.
- There must be a center aisle from the back of the room to the front. This aisle should be at least 40" wide.
- The space between rows of desks should be at least 36" wide.
- Accessible tables for DRC students need to have a 60" x 60" space behind them in order for a student who uses a wheelchair or scooter to be able to pull up to the table, back away, and turn around.
- An easy way to make sure that the DRC table is accessible is to place it so that there is a direct path from the doorway to the table, and space behind for the person to maneuver as needed.
- If you need to move desks into groups, keep the 36" distance and 40" aisle in mind and return the furniture to their initial positions at the end of class.
Labels and Signs on DRC Furniture
DRC furniture will always have a red label with an identification number and the following text: "Property of Disability Resource Center. Do not remove from this room."
DRC furniture will also have a label that identifies it as furniture placed for students. It will have a purple box with the following text: "Adjustable furniture for students. Do not move or remove."
Furniture for faculty is sometimes placed in classrooms. It will have a different label with a teal box with the following text: "Accessible furniture for faculty. Do not move or remove." Faculty who need ergonomic furniture in their classrooms should contact Human Resources at 503-725-4926.
Black Adjustable Chair with Arms
Rolling swivel mesh chair that features 5 wheels, adjustable arms, adjustable back height and angle, and adjustable seat height and tilt.
Adjustable Chair Without Arms
Rolling swivel fabric chair without arms that features 5 wheels, adjustable back height and angle, and adjustable seat height and tilt.
Non-adjustable, armless, fabric chair with extra seat space and stationary legs.
Gray sit-stand desk that features two pneumatic levers for height adjustment as well as two locking wheels and two floor glides for mobility.
Rolling sit-stand desk with laminate wood table and metal base that features pneumatic height adjustment lever on one side and four wheels.