Strengths: versatile writer, publisher, editor and production manager
have been a professional writer for 45 years. I have been writing about disability issues since 1978.
In 1982 I coined the phrase assistive technology. Since then a worldwide rehabilitation program has developed around “assistive technology in describing products benefiting people with disabilities.
One of my editorial strengths is writing columns. For seven years, I wrote a monthly column for the National Organization on Disability called Closing the Gap. For four years, I wrote a bi-monthly column for Action Magazine and still write for Independence Today newspaper. For three years I co-authored a bi-monthly column called Tech Connect for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on www.mymsmyway.com . For 52 months I wrote an award winning column for Business Week on-line titled Assistive Technology. My two articles on disability that appeared in the issue of Business Week print Magazine won the California Media Access Disability Awareness Award.
I am the former founder and publisher of Assistive Technology News, a deceased bi-monthly tabloid newspaper covering assistive technology products and disabilities issues. ATN was published between 1994 and 1997.
For 40 years, I have been writing on assistive technology’s benefits to people with disabilities. I have written more than 1,400 articles on disability issues. I am credited with raising the awareness of disability issues, and the benefits of assistive technology to an international level.
I have interviewed these people on disability issues; .former Texas Governor George Bush when he was running for the presidency in 2000, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Janet Reno, Clint Eastwood, former Michigan Governor Jesse Ventura, Senator John McCain, Alex Trebek,Newt Gingrich, former Senator Max Cleland, Congressman Jim Langevin, Vinton Cerf (one of the founding fathers of the Internet), Country Western singer Mel Tillis, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer, Vice President Joe Biden, the late actor Cliff Robertson and former Senators Tom Harkin and Bob Dole.
My Business Week on-line column received the Easter Seals Equality, Dignity and Integrity Award, Stuttering Foundation of America’s 2000 Journalism Award, TASH Media Award and the California Media Access Disability Award. In 2006, I received the Fred Strache Lifetime Leadership award.
My column was a contributing factor for Business Week Online receiving the New Media Excellence Award in 2000..In 1999 because of my on-line column Easter Seals honored Business Week with its corporate leadership award in and that sane year the American Foundation for the Blind awarded McGraw Hill Publishing Company a Lifetime Achievement Award for my 20 years of writing about products benefiting blind people
I have been an environmental writer and covered NASA, the Congress and the Pentagon.
More than 100 publications have published my artices. My articles have appeared in Business Week Magazine, The Washington Post, New York Times, Houston Post, Los Angeles Times, The London Times, People Magazine, Newsweek, Mass Transit Magazine, The Boston Globe, Government Computer News, Washington Technology, We Magazine, SHRM’s publications and Nation’s Business.
My latest book titled Assistive Technologies: Exploring a Universe of Opportunities for People with Disabilities, published in 2003 by the CTC Foundation (www.ctcfoundation.org), can be previewed at www.atn-ctcf.org. My1976 Merit Badge Book for the Boy Scouts of America on Space Exploration remains the largest single selling Merit Badge book in the history of the Boy Scouts. More than 75,000 copies were sold. My co-authored book with Dr. Frank G. Bowe, Planning Effective Advocacy Programs sold more than 35,000 copies, and I wrote and designed the first national Communications Resource Handbook for United Way of America in 1976. UWA sold more than 20,000 copies to its member agencies. I am one of the original writers of United Way/National Football Spots formerly seen every Sunday during the NFL season.
In 2007, I wrote six feature articles on assistive technologies for Exceptional Parent Magazine.
In June 2004, I was a featured speaker at a Beijing U.S./China Conference on Educating Students with Special Needs.
I have spoken at disability conferences in the United States, Europe, Asia and Canada.
I have managed budgets from $50,000 to $2,000,000 and supervised 18 people.
Between1969-1971, I was senior production editor for Federal Times, a weekly tabloid published by Army Times Publishing Company. I supervised two people, set up work schedules and handled a budget. At age 24, I was the youngest senior production editor in the history of Army Times Publishing Company.
I held supervisory and senior editorial positions at Army Times Publishing Company (1968-1971), Franklin Institute (1971-1973), Raytheon Services Company (1973-1975), United Way of America (1975-1978), American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities (1978-1981) and the Kamber Group (1987-1989).
I had a Top Secret clearance when I worked for Raytheon Services Company.
I have a successful history of winning federal grants.
I taught journalism classes, seven hours a week, at Trinity University in Washington, DC from 1989-to-1992.
I am married, and have three children. I read French, Latin and historical biographies.
I graduated from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.