Assistive Technology Helping Wounded Warriors

Tuesday March 24, 2009

What is it?

The Defense Department’s Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program offers wounded warriors assistive technologies and training to help them cope with life’s daily tasks throughout all phases of their personal recovery. Examples of these helpful technologies include: screen readers, cueing and memory aids, magnification software, voice recognition software, assistive listening devices, voice amplifiers, telephone amplifiers, teletypewriters, alternative keyboards and pointing devices.

What has the Army done?

Offered by Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program provides Soldiers real solutions for real needs while ensuring that people with disabilities and wounded service members have equal access to the information environment and opportunities in the federal government. The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program works closely with Army medical providers, therapists, case managers and military liaisons at military treatment facilities to increase awareness and availability of assistive technology. Once the appropriate technology is identified, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program provides the solutions to Soldiers, free of charge, to support a wounded warrior’s medical recovery and rehabilitation.

Why is this important to the Army?

The ability to use assistive technology during the early phases of recovery promotes positive rehabilitation outcomes and future employment opportunities. Wounded Warriors may retain these devices upon separation from active service, further promoting their equal access to the information environment. Many Soldiers sustain multiple injuries and require a combination of assistive technology devices. Accommodations and training are available for conditions involving: dexterity; cognitive difficulties, including traumatic brain injury; vision loss and hearing loss. The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program mission to empower our nation’s heroes by providing them with the assistive technology and accommodations they need to increase access and employment opportunities in the federal government.

Resources:

For more information about the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program Wounded Service Member Initiative or to request a presentation and/or in-service training, please contact the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program Wounded Service Member Team

To submit a CAP Wounded Service Member Needs Assessment questionnaire or to request technology, please visit Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program Web site.

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