National Disability @ Work Series July 22, 2015

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National Disability @ Work Series

July 22, 2015

“Understanding Accommodations, Assistive Technology & Accessibility”

The  “A” Pathways to Successful Inclusion

11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

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In our July Webinar session, we will hear from three esteemed AT/Accommodation experts who will share their subject matter expertise to help your organization create a workplace environment that supports all talent at work!

Dinah Cohen (Dinah F. Cohen Consulting), Michele Magana (Positively Me) and Eduardo Meza-Etienne (SSB Bart) will offer recommendations and guidelines to ensure a productive workforce, answer your burning questions regarding making effective Reasonable Accommodations, and share best practices and address myths and fears often associated with Assistive Technology. The session will include basic understanding accessibility under Section 508 as a means to encourage a level playing field with regards to applicants, employees and customers.

Don’t miss the opportunity to advance your understanding of accommodations by engaging with these experts!

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Dinah Cohen

Dinah F. Cohen Consulting, LLC is a disabled-woman owned firm that was established after a successful federal career that includes 23 years as the Director of the Department of Defense, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program. Dinah F. Cohen, President of Dinah F. Cohen Consulting, LLC has more than 35 years of experience and is an expert on disability and veterans’ issues including employment, assistive technology and accessibility solutions, affirmative action, vocational rehabilitation, and diversity.

Dinah F. Cohen Consulting provides subject matter expertise, strategic oversight, training, technical assistance and project development for governmental and non-governmental entities addressing positive employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans, and returning wounded, injured and ill service members. Dinah F. Cohen Consulting works with a wide range of clients regarding federal regulations, specifically, the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disability Act that will impact the employment and accommodations process for employers in the private and public sector.

Dinah Cohen is an international speaker and expert on employment, accessibility, accommodation and diversity and known as a dynamic and creative workshop leader. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, she has chaired and served on a variety of committees, commissions and Task Forces over the years.

With a focus on Accessibility, Disability, and Diversity, Dinah F. Cohen Consulting, LLC, will be engaged in leading the charge for change and improvement in these areas.

Michele Magana

Michele is a self-employed life coach, Reiki practitioner, independent consultant, and trainer.  She specializes in reasonable accommodations and assistive technology; has an interest in animal-assisted therapy; and is passionate about helping others to reach their God-given potential.  For the past five years, Michele was employed as a Disability Specialist at Booz Allen Hamilton and managed the day to day operations of the firm’s Disability Accommodations & Workplace Adjustments Program.  During her tenure there, she received a Values in Practice (VIP) award for her “exemplary work…to improve the working environment for staff in need of a workplace accommodation or ergonomic support, for her devotion and commitment to the firm’s Core Values, and for her desire in furthering Booz Allen as the employer of choice for individuals with disabilities, including disabled veterans”.  Prior to joining Booz Allen, Michele worked as an Assistive Technology Specialist/Trainer for Cherry Engineering Support Services, Inc. (CESSI), New Editions Consulting, American University, and TecAccess.  She primarily supported Federal employees with disabilities and also served as Accessibility Program Manager for a Department of Defense Agency.  For nine years prior to embarking upon her second career working in the fields of disability and reasonable accommodations, Michele was employed as an elementary teacher by school systems in Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.

Eduardo Meza-Etienne

Eduardo, a brain injury survivor, has been involved in the accessibility and disabilities field for over 10 years working for numerous government agencies and contractors in support of people with disabilities. He currently works for SSB BART Group, where he handles some of the key accounts for the company, including organizations in the financial services, hospitality and retail industries, as well as not for profit and Government agencies.

He is a skilled technologist, specializing in international accessibility trends and legal mandates, emerging media, and Web 2.0. Eduardo currently serves in the Board of Directors of the D.C. Metro Business Leadership Network, an affiliate of the USBLN; and also advises the New York City and Virginia chapters.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Maryland.

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