Advocate for children and adults with disabilities


Parent Advocate of the Year 

United Cerebral Palsy, New Jersey, 1993

Top 100 Irish Americans 

For Excellence in Advocacy for Children with Disabilities 

Irish Voice Magazine 


Equality for Women 
Women’s History Month 
New York City Public Advocates Office 

Profile in Excellence Award 
YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities 

Excellence in Advocacy Award 
National Center for Educational Restructuring and Inclusion 
Graduate Center of the University of New York 

Heroine of IDEA Award 
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services 
Judith Huemann 

Lifetime Achievement Award 
New York Consortium of Independent Living Centers 
For Improving the Quality of Life for Individuals with Disabilities. 1998

Dreamer of Dreams Award from Irish President Mary McAleese 
for work in the areas of education and health care for children with disabilities.
Irish Voice Newspaper 
New York, 1998

Mothers and Shakers Award 
Redbook Magazine 

Women Who Care 
Caregiver of the Year Award 
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City 

Exceptional Advocate Award 
Exceptional Parent Magazine 
Disability Awareness Night 
Yankee Stadium, 2004

Educational Advocacy for Students with Disabilities Award 
Irish Arts Council

Community School Board Service Award, District # 2 

Grand Marshal 
St. Patrick’s Day Inclusive Parade in Queens, with Mayor Bloomberg. For work as an advocate for children with disabilities.

Pure Visionary Award 
The Shield’s sponsored Pure Visions Arts for artists with disabilities. 2009The Shield Institute and Pure Vision Arts award “for challenging the status quo, for holding on to your dreams, and for teaching us all to dream right alongside you”   May 6th, 2015


Disability rights are human rights