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Release No: 655-98
December 24, 1998

HAMMER AWARD PRESENTED TO DOD DISABILITIES PROGRAM

Vice President Al Gore honored nine members of the Defense Department's Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) team on Dec. 14, when he presented the "Hammer Award" for their work in updating CAP's business processes. The award highlights the CAP's achievements in providing special adaptive equipment for disabled civilian employees.

Gore presented the Hammer Award during the Task Force for Employment for Adults with Disabilities meeting at the Ronald Reagan Conference Center in Downtown Washington, DC.

The DoD-funded CAP team provides the latest assistive technology and accommodation services to Department employees with hearing, visual, dexterity or cognitive disabilities. The key to CAP's success is its ability to provide its services in a cost-effective and timely manner. Their reengineering has cut processing time for CAP requests by 76 percent. Now a request requires only the disabled employee's signature and that of the first line supervisor.

Established in 1990, the CAP has assisted more than 13,000 people. It has a fiscal 1999 budget of $2.6 million. Members of the CAP staff have a broad knowledge of the various items of equipment available to assist those with disabilities. They work with individual offices throughout the Department of Defense to identify the specific equipment that will accommodate the needs of both the individual employee and the office.

"It is the personal attention to individual needs and dedication to the Department's commitment to eliminate disabilities as a barrier to employment that has brought this recognition to the CAP program and staff," said Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Sue Bailey. "I am very proud of this effort and our CAP team," she added.

Hammer Award recipients are: Dinah F.B. Cohen, Seville Allen, Joyce Dickerson, Jeffrey Dallos, Sheryl Horne, Catherine Kane, Jerome Lyons, Derek Shields and Paul J. Singleton.

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