The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Commission Meeting on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Government - June 28, 2006

Statement of Dinah Cohen
Director of CAP

Good morning. My name is Dinah Cohen and I am here to talk about the Department of Defense (DoD) Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP). I serve as the director of CAP and am honored to testify about it before this Commission.

The Department of Defense (DoD) Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) liberates people with disabilities in the workplace by making assistive technology and services readily and easily available at no cost to the requesting organization. CAP is the federal government's centrally-funded accommodations program. Its motto is, "Real Solutions for Real Needs." It buys, pays for, and delivers the hardware, software, and services people with disabilities need to function in the workplace. CAP levels the playing field for individuals with disabilities by eliminating the cost and management of the accommodation process.

Throughout the employment lifecycle, CAP addresses each employee’s specific needs and helps supervisors and other decision-makers understand the empowering nature of accommodations. CAP has helped thousands of federal employees realize their personal potential and achieve new levels of productivity. People with disabilities, including those injured on the job, now have a resource that helps them become and remain productive members of the workforce.

In closing, I’d like to thank the Commission for inviting me to speak. We are very proud of the work our program does. Moreover, we hope we have elevated awareness of our program here today, so that more agencies will seek out our assistance. This benefits everyone – federal applicants, employees and employers – allowing CAP to lead the way in assisting the federal government to truly become a model employer. Thank you.

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