Donna Cohn
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Donna Cohn is a visiting assistant professor of applied design for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and the Lemelson Assistive Technology Development Center at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Donna has a degree from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, where she studied early childhood development, education and product design. She later earned a master's degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design. As a graduate student, Donna was an international semi-finalist for her concept for a wearable, voice-activated telephone in Sony Design Vision, a student design competition. She has worked with assistive technology over the past two decades, including four years as the adaptive equipment designer at the Boston Center for Independent Living and three years as a product designer for a medical products manufacturing and distribution company.

As faculty at Hampshire, Donna has developed and lead courses that give students hands-on experience in topics such as user-interface design, designing for manufacturability, appropriate technology, and assistive technology.