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Fed Faces: Rachel Dorman, Office of Disability Employment Policy

Tuesday, March 23, 2010; B03

Rachel Dorman

Youth policy adviser, Office of Disability Employment Policy,

Labor Department

Best known for: Working as a Labor Department youth policy adviser on programs that encourage employers to hire young people with disabilities and provide job-related guidance and assistance for those coming out of high school and college. Dorman, who is legally blind, has spent time on initiatives giving high school students with physical, mental, visual and learning disabilities the chance at careers in science, mathematics and technology.

Government service: Dorman joined the Labor Department in 2002 as an equal-employment-opportunity human resources specialist before becoming a youth policy adviser.

Biggest challenge: Helping employers overcome the misconceptions about people with disabilities.

Quote: "Employment is the barrier that impacts people with disabilities. Our goal is to get the people who deal with employment to think about those with disabilities and give them the tools to work with youth with disabilities."

-- From the Partnership for Public Service

For more on Dorman, visit washingtonpost.com/fedpage.

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