“My Disability is One Part of Who I Am” was the theme of the 70th National Disability Employment Awareness Month this past October. We celebrated the many contributions of our friends and co-workers with disabilities and recognized the diverse skills and talents they bring to our workplace.
However, the real question is: how do we create a comfortable work environment that provides equal access and growth opportunities for all?
The Department of Defense’s Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) created a free app that is available for download at the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
The CAP mobile app allows people to use their mobile devices to look up information about the services and resources offered by CAP. It serves as a vocational planning aid designed for use by U.S government employees with disabilities who require assistive technology and other accommodations to perform their jobs. It is also for their supervisors who need to provide reasonable accommodation.
You can use this app to learn about a variety of accommodation solutions. The solutions describe in detail smart phone accessibility features and lead you to other useful mobile apps and self-help tools. For example, there are tools that allow you to recognize and rate your level of anxiety, and the Breathe2Relax app teaches stress-reducing breathing techniques.
The app includes many useful features such as:
- A running tally of accommodations provided to federal employees
- News and tips on the latest assistive technologies
- Information about events in the disability community, both CAP-related and others
- The ability to download CAP event presentations and materials to your phone
- Videos to learn about assistive technology and how it can help you
- The ability to contact CAP
Although DoD designed this app to serve federal employees and service members with functional limitations, it serves as a great starting point for the non-federal workforce to learn about assistive technologies that can help them get their job done. Overall, this app is a great resource for reasonable accommodation information.