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NCR Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter #9

October 16, 2020

Disability Awareness Month

CAP Observes this month as Disability Awareness Month. When Civil Air Patrol formed in the early days of World War II, many of our first volunteers were patriotic citizens unavailable for military service who nevertheless were determined to serve the nation in a time of need. CAP welcomed women, World War I veterans, teenagers, senior citizens, disabled persons, and other volunteers. Our history is built upon a wonderful inclusiveness found only in a democracy. CAP draws its strength from the fact that as a civilian auxiliary of the Air Force, we can and do include Americans from all backgrounds in our important work.  The Americans with Disability Act of 1990 mandated that organizations “reasonably accommodate” employees or members with physical disabilities.

Disability defined:

A disability is any condition that makes it more difficult for a person to do certain activities or interact with the world around them. These conditions, or impairments, may be cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, sensory, or a combination of multiple factors. Impairments causing disability may be present from birth or occur during a person's lifetime.   


Civil Air Patrol Definition of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is a composite of individual characteristics, experiences, and abilities that are consistent with the CAP Mission and Core Values and reflective of the communities in which we serve.

Civil Air Patrol diversity includes but is not limited to: personal life experiences, geographic background, socioeconomic background, cultural knowledge, educational background, work background, language abilities, physical abilities, philosophical and spiritual perspectives, race, color, sex, age, religion (creed), national origin (ancestry), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, and military or veteran status.

Inclusion is the process of creating a culture where all members of the organization are free to make their fullest contributions to the success of the group, and where there are no unnecessary barriers to success.

Civil Air Patrol diversity and inclusion efforts complement but remain separate and distinct from, CAP’s Equal Opportunity compliance programs and activities.

Maj Gen M. Smith

National Commander




Civil Air Patrol Policy of Nondiscrimination

(per CAPR 36-1 dated 22 August 2008, revised 26 January 2009)

It is Civil Air Patrol policy that no member shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any CAP program or activity on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability (formerly handicap). It is Civil Air Patrol policy that no applicant meeting CAP’s minimum age requirement will be denied membership in CAP on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability (formerly handicap).

Disability Exercise:

Which of the following people has/had a learning disability and what is the disability?

Tom Cruise     Albert Einstein      Franklin Roosevelt    

US Representative Tammy Duckworth

Walt Disney      George Patton       Daniel Radcliff        Former Vice President Joe Biden

Answers to Disability Exercise:

Tom Cruise (famous actor) – Dyslexia, learning disability

Walt Disney (movie producer and cartoonist) -Slow learner

Albert Einstein – Mathematician and Physicist – Learning disability

George Patton (US General) – Learning disabled

Franklin Roosevelt (US President four times) – Paralyzed by polio

Daniel Radcliff (actor) – Dyspraxia, neurological disorder

Tammy Duckworth (US Representative) lost her legs in a helicopter crash in Iran War

Joe Biden (former Vice President) – Dysthymia (stuttering)

Follow Up Discussion:

What contributions can members with disabilities make to CAP?

Lt Col Bonnie Braun

NCR Diversity Officer

(C) 703-477-6868

U.S. Air Force Auxiliary


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