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MHS Profiles: Equipped for Success

MHS Profiles: Equipped for Success

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This month we profile the Department of Defense Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program. CAP provides assistive technologies to wounded warriors and others with disabilities, enabling them to not only function in the workplace, but to succeed in both their career and life paths. Read more to learn how this program, and those who have been inspired by it, are ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to opportunities in the Department of Defense and throughout the federal government.
This month we profile the Department of Defense Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program. CAP provides assistive technologies to wounded warriors and others with disabilities, enabling them to not only function in the workplace, but to succeed in both their career and life paths. Read more to learn how this program, and those who have been inspired by it, are ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to opportunities in the Department of Defense and throughout the federal government.

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Published by: Military Health System on Feb 23, 2010
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EQUIPPED FOR
 success
 By Krista D. Holyak
 
MHS Profles
Equipped for Success
 
Empowering throughemployment
: Stephen King,disability program manager at the DoD Ofce o Diversity Management and EqualOpportunity, breaks downbarriers in the hiring, retention,promotion and employment o persons with disabilities. King  strives to raise awareness onhow persons with disabilitiescan excel in the workorce,oten with the use o assistivetechnologies.
EQUIPPED FOR
 success
 By Krista D. Holyak
 
MHS Profles
Equipped for Success
One man breaks down employmentbarriers to help those withdisabilities excel in their careers.Another guides wounded servicemembers through rehabilitation,re-teaching one how to brushhis teeth. One woman leads aninitiative to provide free tools tothose with disabilities, while a warveteran returns home and ndsthe need for these tools to helptransition to civilian life. Together,these individuals harness thepower of assistive technology.Retired Army Capt. MatthewStaton quickly learned how thiskind of technology could help himovercome obstacles. Staton, directadvisor and staff assistant to thesecretary of the Army on woundedsoldier matters, medically retiredfrom the Army in August 2007because of a cognitive disability,following two deployments toIraq. Service as a platoon leaderexposed him to multiple improvisedexplosive device blasts in Balad,Iraq. He was also injured in 2004with a gunshot wound to his left hipand upper thigh. Two years after hewas medically evacuated to FortCarson in February 2004, he wasinvolved in a trafc accident aftera car sped through a stop sign,hitting his vehicle as he traveledto a town hall meeting to updatefamily members and spouses onthe status of the battleeld.“I saw stars on several of theseoccasions … but never lostconsciousness,” he says. Statonwouldn’t know the long-term effecthis injuries would have until hereturned home and began histransition to civilian life.At home, Staton realized hisneed for assistive technology.The medications Staton takes toalleviate migraines, leg pain andcomplications from his injuriesslow his cognitive functioning. “Irealized there was a problem whenI couldn’t remember any of the veitems my wife asked me to pickup at the grocery store. I’d end upbringing ten things home, only oneof which she asked me to get.”These types of disabilities oftendirectly inuence performance atwork. “If it’s not written down orrecorded, the conversation didn’thappen in my mind,” says Staton,reecting on how memory prob-lems affect work productivity. TheDepartment of Defense Computer/Electronic Accommodations Pro-
From both physical and mentalstandpoints, wounded warriorsovercome a multitude o obstaclesrom the injuries they sustained.

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