Q: What is CAP?
A: Established by the Federal government, the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) is a centrally funded program that provides assistive technology (AT) and reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities and wounded Service members. CAP's mission is to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to information and employment opportunities in the DoD and throughout the Federal government.
Q: What is a reasonable accommodation?
A: Reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodation also includes adjustments to assure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities.
Q: What is assistive technology?
A: The Assistive Technology Act of 1998 defines Assistive or Adaptive Technology as: products, devices, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
Q: What Executive Orders, publications, or initiatives exist that provide guidance and direction for managers?
A: Here are the Executive Orders:
Executive Order 13078: Increasing Employment of Adults with Disabilities-March 13, 1998. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management developed two publications to assist agencies in the development of their implementation of this Executive Order: "Accessing Opportunity: The Plan for Employment of People with Disabilities in the Federal Government"; and "People with Disabilities in the Federal Government: An Employment Guide."
Executive Order 13163: Employing People with Disabilities-July 26, 2000. This Order was designed to focus attention on the need to hire and advance qualified individuals with disabilities within the Federal government.
Executive Order 13164: Establishing Reasonable Accommodations-July 26, 2000.
President George W. Bush's Freedom Initiative: Fulfilling America's Promise to Americans with Disabilities
Executive Order 13518: Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government-November 2009. Signed by President Barak Obama, this EO lays out the formation of the Veterans Employment Initiative. The initiative targets the efforts to recruit, train and retain veterans as civilian employees in seeking to transform the federal government into the model employer.
Executive Order 13548: Model Strategies for Recruitment and Hiring of People with Disabilities-July 26, 2010. Signed by President Obama which directs Executive departments and agencies to improve their efforts to employ Federal workers with disabilities and targeted disabilities through increased recruitment, hiring, and retention of these individuals.
DoDI 6025.22: August 2008 the Department of Defense Instruction, Assistive Technology (AT) for Wounded Service Members was signed, establishing policy for AT programs in the Military Health System. The DoDI further enhances and institutionalizes CAP's role in the rehabilitation process.
Q: Can I request a CAP representative to present at an event?
A: Yes. You may contact the Training and Outreach Team at: CAP@mail.mil. We look forward to speaking directly with you about your specific needs and how CAP can help your organization, event, or command.
Q: How can I receive updates about CAP and other disability related information?
A: Visit the What's New page, sign up for CAP emails and stay connected through CAP's Facebook and Twitter.
Q: Does CAP replace lost, stolen or damaged accommodations?
A: No. CAP does not replace lost, stolen or damaged accommodations.