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Specialized Furniture

Specialized furniture refers to tables, chairs, and other adaptive furnishings that provide equal access to education by accommodating a student's disability.

Providing specialized furniture can consist of ergonomic chairs, adjustable height tables or desks, armrests, footrests, etc. These kinds of furniture may be necessary in only one learning environment or might be required for all learning environments, depending on the needs of the student. Faculty can contact the services for students with disabilities office for assistance in providing appropriate specialized furniture.



The student has a responsibility to notify the services for students with disabilities office, prior to the start of the term, if they require specialized furniture in the classroom. Students should also alert the services office if there are any problems with the specialized furniture.


Faculty should coordinate with the student, in a manner that maintains the student's privacy and confidentiality, about using the specialized furniture in the classroom (e.g. making certain other students don't sit in special chairs).


The services for students with disabilities office has a responsibility to provide the specialized furniture, and to notify faculty of the student's right to use specialized furniture.


Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Gross Upper) : Students who lack coordination or control in their arms or upper torso may need arm supports or something to steady their arms in class.

Motor Skill (Gross Lower) : Accessible tables and work spaces are necessary for students who use wheelchairs or scooters who remain in them.

Reach Restriction : Specialized furniture may help students with restricted range of reach to access high or low objects (e.g. on shelves, tables, or floor).

Pain Management : The use of certain chairs, footrests, and other furniture can reduce chronic pain.

The Building Accepting Campus Communities (BACC) project was funded by the US Department of Education Office of Secondary Education grant #P333A080070-09. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.