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February 2nd Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day

The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) is observing Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about this chronic autoimmune disease that affects millions of lives worldwide. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) causes joint inflammation and pain.  It happens when the immune system doesn’t work properly and attacks the lining of the joints, called the synovium.  The disease commonly affects the hands, knees, or ankles, and usually the same joint on both sides of the body, such as both hands and knees.  RA can cause problems in other parts of the body as well, such as the eyes, heart, and circulatory system and/or the lungs. RA can have a profound impact on individuals and their loved ones, impacting daily life and overall well-being. 

CAP provides assistive technology and devices as reasonable accommodations to support individuals with disabilities and wounded, ill and injured Service members throughout the Department of Defense in accessing information and communication technology to continue working.  Assistive technology can help ease some pain caused by RA.  For example, CAP can provide mouse or keyboard alternatives to alleviate RA in the hands.  CAP has a variety of accommodations on our website to allow an individual with a disability to perform their essential job duties.

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