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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 523-02
October 15, 2002

NEW CAP WEB SITE ACTIVATED

The Department of Defense announced today the activation of a new, user-friendly Web site which provides assistive technology accommodations to persons with disabilities within the DoD and other federal agencies.

"When users log onto the CAP website, they will see a new and improved layout designed to be more accommodating to our users," said Dinah Cohen, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) director.

"The CAP team worked to develop a site that allows customers, people with disabilities, and federal managers to customize their personal search for program and contact information," she added.

The site features more resources -- including an enhanced online accommodation process, a better assistive technology section, and an improved virtual CAP Technical Center (CAPTEC) tour -- to assist individuals in selecting the most appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

The Defense Department established the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program in 1990 to eliminate employment barriers for people with visual, hearing, dexterity and cognitive disabilities. Since its inception, CAP has funded and provided more than 30,000 accommodation solutions to about 50 Federal agencies.

The new Web site is at http://www.tricare.osd.mil/cap .