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Kimberly W. Land
(Phone 757/864-9885, 757/344-8611 mobile)

RELEASE NO. 03-075

Oct. 23, 2003


NASA Langley Research Center will host a Disability Awareness kickoff at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 in the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. The kickoff event will include hands-on demonstrations of some of the technologies a unique partnership will make available to federal employees.

NASA has partnered with the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) to provide a wide variety of technologies for people with hearing, visual, dexterity, cognitive and communication disabilities. The goal of the CAP program is to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to information and opportunities.

The CAP program was awarded the 2003 Intergovernmental Solutions Award. This tribute confirms the success of their mantra: providing real solutions for real needs. Accommodation solutions include teletypewriters (TTYs), captioning for federally produced training videos, print enlargers, screen readers, alternative keyboards, pointing devices and speech recognition software. CAP has provided more than 1,900 accommodations to federal partners and more than 3,200 to Department of Defense agencies.

For more information about CAP, go to:

Media Opportunity: Media are invited to hear Glenn McIntyre who, as a young police officer was severely injured when hit by an impaired driver. Back broken in 17 places, McIntyre returned to law enforcement, became an instructor at California State University and is a nationally ranked wheelchair tennis competitor. McIntyre will discuss his challenging comeback at 1 p.m. at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., NASA Langley Research Center. Please contact Kimberly W. Land at (757) 864-9885 or 344-8611 (mobile) to arrange for credentials.



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