Federal Initiatives

This section provides basic information regarding key Federal resources that will assist with the employment of people with disabilities in the Federal government.

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program

About CAP

The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness established the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) in 1990 as the centrally funded reasonable accommodations program for employees with disabilities in the Department of Defense (DoD). This model removes the cost barriers to assistive technology while also centralizing subject matter expertise to aid employees, supervisors and other stakeholders in the assistive technology and accommodations process.

Following the National Defense Authorization Act of October 2000, Congress granted CAP the authority to expand the model to provide assistive technology, devices and support services free of charge to Federal agencies that have a partnership agreement with CAP.

Upon the passage of Public Law 109-364 in October 2006, CAP expanded services again to provide assistive technology to wounded Service members who were allowed to retain the devices upon separation from Active Duty.

The CAP mission is to ensure that people with disabilities and wounded Service members have equal access to the information environment and opportunities in the DoD and throughout the Federal government. By fulfilling this mission of providing real solutions for real needs, CAP is helping to make the Federal government the model employer for people with disabilities.

CAP Services

If you have a disability and are employed by at DoD or one of the federal agencies that has a partnership with CAP, you are eligible for the following CAP services:

  • Assistive technology to increase access to the computer and telecommunications environment
  • Individualized needs assessments
  • Demonstration and evaluation of assistive technology
  • Disability education and awareness

CAP Technology Evaluation Center

In order to support the CAP mission to provide assistive technology and related accommodations, the CAP Technology Evaluation Center (CAPTEC) was developed as a demonstration and assessment facility. Located at the Pentagon, CAPTEC contains computer workstations equipped with a wide variety of equipment designed to accommodate persons with disabilities. For those unable to visit CAPTEC in person, needs assessments and technology demonstrations can be conducted via online demonstrations and Video Teleconferencing (VTC).

Websites

Visit http://www.cap.mil for more information on CAP and supporting Federal Employees with disabilities.

Visit http://www.cap.mil/wsm for more information on CAP's Wounded Service Member Initiative.

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