The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.[/caption]The United States Department of Defense, in acknowledgement of the many disabilities suffered by active duty military personnel, offers fairly extensive accommodations to potential employees with disabilities, provided the workers meet all other job qualifications. Since 1990, the Department has worked directly with CAP (the Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program) to provide assistive technology to “maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of federal employees with disabilities and wounded, ill and injured Service members.” The Department of Defense works with CAP to identify modifications or adjustments to a job or work environment that will allow a qualified job applicant or worker with a disability to either participate in the application process or obtain a job.
The special assistance offered includes:
- Computer hardware and software programs to accommodate people with visual impairment or with disabilities involving hearing, dexterity, cognitive or communication impediments
- Ramps or modified workspaces to deal with wheelchairs or similar devices
- Sign language interpretation
- Advance telephone technology
- Braille, computer disk, audio tape and other alternative formats for training materials
The Department of Defense also employs placement counselors who work directly with veterans to find suitable employment opportunities, and with potential employers to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
If you are disabled and interested in working for the Department of Defense, the agency will conduct a needs assessment to attempt to determine the most effective way to meet your special needs and the needs of the Department of Defense.
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