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ERGONOMIC PRINCIPALS AND ACCOMMODATING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES

Presenters
Sharon Terrell-Lindsay
703-681-8811 ext. 6019

Brittany Matthews
703-998-0800 ext. 20

Department of Defense
Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)
Falls Church, VA

As work related injuries continue to disable employees and decrease productivity, The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) has responded to this concern by offering ergonomic training, prevention information and accommodation services via innovative programs. By focusing on this debilitating injury, the timeliness of this training will assist Federal managers and supervisors while dealing with growing ergonomic trends.

The Department of Defense established CAP in 1990 to eliminate employment barriers for people with visual, hearing, dexterity and cognitive disabilities. CAP is the Federal government's centrally funded accommodations program, providing assistive technology solutions at no cost to the requesting agency. Much of CAP's success lies in the ability to provide reasonable accommodations to employees quickly and easily, which can increase employment and retention which ensures an accessible future for people with disabilities. Based on CAP's success, on Oct 30, 2000, the program was granted additional funding and authorization to provide accommodations and services to all federal agencies. Currently CAP has 51 Partner agencies and has provided 28,000 accommodations since it's inception in 1990.

This presentation will focus on CAP's accommodation process and employment initiatives that encourage the recruitment, placement and retention of individuals with disabilities, as well as those who develop work related ergonomic disabilities.

Participant's will learn about CAP's Healthy Work Practices Program (HWPP) which focuses on ergonomics encourages preventative measures for work-related musculoskeletal disorders such as tendonitis, epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back injuries resulting from a discrepancy between the physical capacity of workers and the demands of the job. These ergonomic related injuries continue to disable employees and decrease productivity. In an effort to combat this problem CAP offers prevention solutions and accommodation services via education workshops, information dissemination, and accommodations for employees with dexterity disabilities. CAP's proactive approach to disability management includes support of Telework participants, and Workers' compensation claimants which allows agencies to retain or bring back to work experienced people with disabilities by providing assistive technology and services to ensure productivity. The CAP partnership offers employees and supervisors assistance in addressing this growing health concern.

To assist individuals in preventative measures, CAP provides:

The HWPP's commitment is to promote prevention and to combat injuries that occur within the workplace through the provision of assistive technology.

To accommodate persons with dexterity disabilities CAP provides:

For DoD Workers' Compensation claimants with a Department of Labor Acceptance Letter for neck, back, or other severe disabilities, CAP provides:

To assist a Telework participant who has a disability and an agreement with their agency, CAP provides:

In addition to learning about the HWPP, participants will learn how CAP works with Federal agencies to help ensure inclusion and productivity for employees with disabilities. CAP is providing assistance to agencies by:


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