Joe was serving with the U.S. Army Rangers in Vietnam when he was seriously injured. He has spent the past 50 years using a wheelchair. In 2008, he was named Outstanding Marylander with a Disability and in 2011, Outstanding Disabled American Veteran nationally. He is a retired attorney who respects the skills of architects and designers and feels he can assist them to interpret codes and regulations and with his practical experience.
Joe has served on groups reviewing the plans of both Baltimore major stadiums, the convention center, the subway and the Columbus Center for compliance with accessibility standards and ease of use. He has written reviews on the accessibility of hundreds of hotels, restaurants and other facilities of public interest such as parks and museums.
B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona 1974. Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore, School of Law 1977. While in law school, Joe filed suits against State, county and local government entities to compel them to provide access to public buildings and facilities for persons in wheelchairs.
Joe has spent thousands of hours researching and reviewing the ADA Standards, and other Federal and state laws on providing access to education and employment to persons with physical limitations. He drafted laws on access and design and has represented or worked with other persons with differing physical limitations to understand their concerns.