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Assistive Technology Centers in the Information Age

Dinah F. B. Cohen
Director, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program
Department of Defense
(703) 681-3976 (Voice/TTY)
dinah.cohen@tma.osd.mil 
WWW: http://www.ha.osd.mil/hpcap2.html 

Ophelia Y. Falls, Director
Accessible Technology Program/TARGET Center
United States Department of Agriculture
(202) 720-2600 (Voice/TTY)
ofalls@udsa.gov 
WWW: http://www.usda.gov/oo/target.htm 

Derek S. Shields
Senior Analyst, Conwal Incorporated
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 575-0670 (Voice); (703) 845-1658 (TTY)
derek.shields@tma.osd.mil 
WWW: http://www.conwal.com

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Accessible Technology Program (ATP) and the Department of Defense (DoD) Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) were developed to ensure accessible work environments for people with disabilities. The ATP Technology Accessible Resources Gives Employment Today (TARGET) Center and the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Technology Evaluation Center (CAPTEC) both serve as the link that brings valuable resources closer to those who require them in various workplaces.

The concept behind the centers is to provide assistive technology (A/T) services to managers, supervisors, and employees throughout the country. These services include how to obtain A/T information and demonstrations regarding the use of the technology that enhances the accessibility of our workplace. The centers range in size depending on the customer base being served, facilities and equipment available, and funding.

This document provides guidance for managers, supervisors, and employees participating in the process to establish a center. These guidelines include the following information:

These guidelines have been developed to provide initial direction to those interested in developing a technology Center. It is expected that as more technology Centers are established, these guidelines will be updated to reflect lessons learned and improvements identified. USDA and DoD are committed to enhancing accommodation services through continuous improvements and expansions to technology Centers.


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