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Release No: 364-02
July 12, 2002

DOD ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM WINS NAD EXCELLENCE AWARD

Department of Defense's Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) received the prestigious Excellence in Employment Award from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) earlier this week at the 46th Biennial NAD Conference held in Washington, D.C.

"The presentation of the award formally recognizes individuals and organizations across the country that have advanced the equality, dignity and independence of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans," said Elizabeth R. "Libby" Pollard, president, NAD Board of Directors.

CAP is the federal government's centrally funded program that provides assistive technology to allow DoD and federal employees with hearing, visual, dexterity, cognitive and communication disabilities equal access to the information environment and opportunities in the DoD and throughout the federal government. CAP provides accommodations and services to federal government departments and agencies.

Since its inception in 1990, CAP has provided more then 29,000 accommodation solutions for federal employees with disabilities and has partnerships with 47 federal agencies.

When given a demonstration last year of CAP's accomplishments, President Bush stated, "I saw technologies that are helping people with disabilities enjoy the full range of opportunities made possible by the technology boom. . . . We've asked Congress to increase funding to bring assistive technologies to market more quickly, to help make them more affordable for the people who need them, and to speed research in developing new technologies. We have sought to make it easier for Americans with disabilities to enter the work force by finding new ways to get people to their jobs, relying on new technologies to help people work from their home."

The award recognizes programs or projects that have made an exceptional contribution to improving the employability of people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

More information about CAP can be found at http://www.tricare.osd.mil/cap/.