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Alternative Desks

Work spaces can be raised, lowered, or angled to meet your needs.

What does it do?

There are many alternatives to a traditional desk, which has a flat surface at a fixed height. You may want your desk at a better height to accommodate your mobility device. Or you may be safer or more comfortable working while standing or reclining.

What kinds of alternative desks are there?

Standing Desks

Standing desks let you write, type, or do other tasks that require a work surface while standing up. They may be adjustable in height, so that you can choose to sit or stand.

Slanted Desks

Adjusting the angle of your work surface might help make materials more visually accessible. Some desks have moveable parts that let you raise or lower the surface. Other options include putting a slant board on top of a flat desk.

Reclining Workstations

Companies like AltWork and ErgoQuest make specialized reclining workstations. You may be able to adapt your own workstation using a reclining chair and a rolling floor mount.

Person in a recliner uses a slanted desk on a rolling mount.

How do I see what's new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:

zero gravity desk, standing desk, adaptive desk

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to find your state's AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out. Do we have this in our lending library?

No

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Caitlin McKenney

Caitlin is an assistive technology specialist with experience working with students who have multiple disabilities and complex access needs. She runs TechOWL's used equipment and emergency preparedness programs. Caitlin enjoys learning about new tools and helping you make your technology work for you!

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