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Accommodations

CAP offers several ways to learn about the assistive technology available to improve an individual's capabilities. These technologies, which can be used to maintain, increase, or enhance an individual's job performance, are available to accommodate people with all types of disabilities. This includes both apparent and hidden disabilities. To find the most appropriate solution(s), you may choose to search the CAP site for specific assistive technology, browse by disability category, or request a needs assessment. Within each disability category there are product categories that contain an array of assistive technology products. Due to the nature of tecnology and continuous innovation, CAP cannot list all possible accommodations that are available. However, the products listed present a variety of unique features to accommodate an array of limitations and are most often certified for use on federal agencies' networks. While CAP has a variety of Assistive Technology solutions available on the website, individuals are not limited to those items. Alternative items may be requested from CAP and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure the validity of the request, that it is the most reasonable and appropriate option, and that CAP is able to procure that item under Federal Acquisitions Regulations. Additional justification or information may be requested to ensure the requested option meets CAP's requirements.

Dexterity

Dexterity conditions refers to any physical disability that limits the physical function of one or more limbs. These may include quadriplegia, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, arthritis, sciatica, amputations or degenerative disc disease. Limitations affecting mobility could include decreased range of motion in the arms, fingers, wrists, back or neck, and decreased muscle control, spasms, paralysis, tingling or numbness.

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Alternative Computer Control

Alternative computer control software and devices are used to assist individuals who have dexterity limitations that prevent them from completing essential job tasks. They accomplish this by allowing an individual to control their computer using means other than a traditional keyboard and mouse. For example, some programs allow a user to control their computer using their voice and speech commands.

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Keyboards and Mice

Alternative keyboards and mice are used to assist individuals who have dexterity limitations that prevent them from completing essential job tasks. These devices accomplish this by allowing an individual to adjust the tilt, angle, height, layout, and support of the keyboard or mouse they must use to perform computer related duties.

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Positioning

Positioning devices are used to assist individuals who have dexterity limitations that prevent them from completing essential job tasks. They accomplish this by allowing an individual to place themselves or their input tools, documents, and other equipment in positions most helpful to them. This can also include the ability to change the height, angle, and tilt of the platforms these items are on.

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Speech to Text

Speech to text software is used to assist individuals who have dexterity limitations that prevent them from completing essential job tasks. It accomplishes this by allowing an individual to control their computer using speech and voice commands, eliminating the need for a standard keyboard and/or mouse.

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Personal Assistant Services

Personal Assistant services are used to assist individuals who have dexterity limitations that prevent them from completing essential job tasks. CAP can provide travel reimbursement to DoD Agencies through a Military Interagency Purchase Requests (MIPR) for expenses incurred by a Personal Assistant while traveling with and providing care for a DoD employee participating in job-related training.