Federal Faces

Federal faces: Dinah Cohen

Monday, November 2, 2009

Best known for: Providing specialized computers, software and other electronic devices to more than 81,000 federal employees and wounded military service members with hearing, visual, dexterity, cognitive and communications disabilities to help make the workplace more accessible.

Government service: Cohen managed the Disability and Federal Women's Program at the Agency for International Development and served with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Naval Research Laboratory. She has been in her current post since 1990.

Biggest challenge: Publicizing the program's services. "So many need our services and could be gainfully employed if only they or their employers knew we existed."

Quote: Cohen battled a congenital heart disease at a young age. "Growing up with my disabilities, I am inspired to make sure others can succeed in their chosen careers as I have."

-- From the Partnership for Public Service

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