Anthropometry and design for the disabled: experiences with seating design for the cerebral palsy population

Applied Ergonomics
D A Hobson, J F M Molenbroek


In recent years increased emphasis has been placed on designing improved technical aids for physically disabled people. One limiting factor has been the lack of anthropometric resource data that is appropriate for use with individuals with specific disabilities, such as cerebral palsy. The purpose of this study has been to examine briefly why the anthropometric needs of disabled individuals may be different from able-bodied individuals, and to develop an anthropometric data resource that can be used in the design of seating and mobility devices for a specific segment of the disabled population. Ninety-four variables were obtained from each subject in a sample of 133 cerebral palsied individuals. Both qualitative and quantitative factors were assessed and measured, respectively. The qualitative factors are used to define the unique characteristics of the sample group. Twenty quantitative variables are analysed and the results presented in a tabular format. Eleven of the 20 variables are not available from existing able-bodied anthropometric sources, but were deemed important for use in the design process for the study population. The paper references a supplementary manual which contains the complete results, including descripti...Continue Reading


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