I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, during the 1940s and ’50s, got married, and moved to upstate New York. I became a teacher, guidance counselor, and assistant principal in the White Plains public schools system. During this period, I was elected to the post of deputy mayor of the Village of Ossining, New York, and became a principal of an open-education program for learning-disabled students (Board of Cooperative Services, Yorktown, New York). We then moved to Albany, New York, where I served as a public official in the New York State Division for Youth and the Department of Correctional Services. After serving in those positions for eight years, I returned to White Plains as an assistant superintendent and then retired. During my retirement, I was appointed to the position of director of the National Council on Disability in Washington, DC.
I earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from New York University and a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.
I have three children and six grandchildren and live with Gail, my wife of fifty-six years, in Arizona.