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Physical Disabilities and Toilet Design


Mimmi Anderberg


This paper analyses the sequence of movements during a visit to the toilet for persons with tetraplegia.
A methodology has been developed for how a motion capture system in a full scale laboratory and simulation program can be used in the design process where the focus is on the user with a disability.
The analysis has included video recordings of how different users carry out the task. By analysing the video recordings with the users, the critical elements have been identified with the help of a body map. The analysis has resulted in the identification of nine critical steps. The user needs, expressed as functional specifications, have been presented in a matrix.
By using the results of the analysis and the methodology that has been developed, the aim is that better rest rooms can be developed for people with physical disabilities.


Aina with markers for the motion capture system.