Individuals with Disabilities


The Department of Defense (DOD) is proud to offer employment opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities. As the Nation's largest employer, DOD employs thousands of workers with disabilities. DOD has long been a leader in recognizing the strengths and value Individuals with Disabilities bring into the workforce and is committed to providing every person opportunities for a meaningful career. As civilians in DOD, Individuals with Disabilities play an important role in the defense of our Nation and in helping support our men and women in the military.

Special hiring authorities are in place to assist Individuals with Disabilities. More information and additional resources are available at the following web sites:

The Department of Defense provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities, as long as you meet the job qualifications. Some of the accommodations provided may include:
  • Assistive technology for telephone use
  • Hardware and software that make computers accessible if you have vision impairments or difficulty using your hands
  • Sign language interpreters or readers
  • Training and other written materials in an alternative formats (e.g., Braille, audio tape, computer disk)
  • Physical changes, such as installing a ramp or modifying a workspace
Reasonable accommodation and technological assistance is provided by:

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)(NEED URL) serves both the civilian and military workforces within DOD. By providing assistive technology and services free of charge to our DOD customers, CAP helps the DOD make their work environments more accessible to people with hearing, visual, dexterity, cognitive, and communication impairments.

CAP works closely with DOD to make a positive impact on the lives of Individuals with Disabilities by:
  • Buying accommodations to make computer and telecommunications systems accessible to employees with disabilities, as required by public laws.
  • Funding sign language interpreters, readers, and personal assistants for employees attending training lasting two days or more.
  • Providing expertise in solving accessibility problems through the use of software, hardware, and other assistive technology.
  • Conducting needs assessments to identify the most appropriate solution for each individual requesting an accommodation and assisting with the accommodation process.
  • Provide guidance on creating an accessible computer and telecommunication environment within your agency.
  • Assisting with the recruitment, placement, promotion, and retention of people with disabilities.

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