DoD Education Activity

CAP assists the DoD Education Activity (DoDEA) in the education, training and provision of accommodations,

CAP services available to DoDEA members include:

  • Assistance in obtaining appropriate auxiliary aids or employment accommodations for disabled students or employees.
  • Assistance to teachers, special education directors, students, employees, and supervisory personnel in identifying available and appropriate assistive technologies.
  • Training on the assistive technology.
  • Closed-Captioning of federally produced videos.
  • Assistive technology to increase access to public areas for individuals who have dexterity disabilities, are blind/low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, or have cognitive or communication disabilities.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal legislation that ensures that students with disabilities have the required technology to be full participants in the classroom. Students requiring assistive technology for the classroom must have it documented in their Individual Education Plan (IEP) to receive funding under IDEA. School systems are mandated to provide assistive technology to children with disabilities if it is part of their IEP.

Department of Defense Education Activity

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of DoD. DoDEA's schools serve the children of military service members and DoD civilian employees throughout the world. Children of enlisted military personnel represent 85 percent of the total enrollment in DoDEA schools.   DoDEA operates 222 public schools in 15 districts located in 13 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico . All schools within DoDEA are fully accredited by U.S. accreditation agencies. Approximately 8,785 teachers serve DoDEA's 102,600 students. > Visit the DoDEA website


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (IDEAS '97) were signed into law on June 4, 1997. This Act strengthens academic expectations and accountability for the nation's 5.8 million children with disabilities and bridges the gap that has too often existed between what children with disabilities learn and what is required in regular curriculum. > Visit the IDEAS '97 website

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard

In a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Programs, the Center on Accessing the General Curriculum (CAST) established the National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum (NCAC) to provide a vision of how new curricula, teaching practices, and policies can be woven together to create practical approaches for improved access to the general curriculum by students with disabilities. In 2002, NCAC convened an expert panel to establish a voluntary National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) to guide the production and electronic distribution of accessible instructional materials for students with disabilities. NIMAS version 1.0 was endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education in 2004 and incorporated into the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement (IDEA) Act of 2004. > Visit the CAST website

Teaching a child with disabilities to use assistive technology