Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts, Skidmore College, 1964; postgraduate, Cooper Union, 1967-1970; Master of Arts in Art Education, City College of New York, 1973; Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education, New York University, 1997.
Teacher fine arts grades 7-9 Junior High School 149, Bronx, New York, 1967-1974. Founder, president Resources for Artists With Disabilities, New York City, since 1987. Traumatic Brain Injury Consumer Advisory, since 1977.
Advisory board committee Art in Education Project, New York State Council on the Arts, Center for Safety in the Arts, New York City, 1987. Consultant Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, Guggenheim Museum Art, New York City, 1990. Board advisors Indiana Arts Gallery, Queens Indiana Living Center, Jamaica, New York, 1987-1998.
Steering committee Annual Disability Independence Day March, 1992-1993, member Media Outreach, 1992. Provider written and oral testimony in field to organizations. Board directors Center for Independence of the Disabled of New York, Incorporated, New York York City, since 1996, Governor's appointment to Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council, Albany, 1997-2001, others.
Presenter National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Rehabilitation of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury, Bethesda, Maryland, 1998, 5th Annual Conference, Traumatic Brain Injury Program, New York State Department Health, Albany, 1998, Information and Communications Committee TBISEC (TBI Council) New York State-DOH, Delmar, New York, 2001, New York State Assembly task force on people with disabilites: public hearing City University New York Graduate Center, New York, 2001, American Council Education conference The Student with a Brain Injury: Achieving Goals for Higher Education, District of Columbia, 2001. Originator, conference committee co-organizer, consumer panelist New York University Moses Center for Students with Disabilities and Center for Independence of Disabled of New York, Loeb Student Center, New York University, New York City, 1998. Panel organizer, moderator, presenter Institute for Research on Women's 16th Annual Celebration of Our Work Conference, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1998.
Search committee for director Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2004. Gave testimony Taxi and Limousine Commission, 2004. Art presenter in field.
Member National Institute Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Member Office Special Education and Rehabilitation Services United States Department Education, Washington, member per review registry, since 1995. Active Disabled in Action of Greater New York, since 1989, Manhattan Borough President Disability Advisory Council, 1988—1998, since 1999.
Access subcommittee 504 Democratic Club for Persons with Disabilities, since 2000. Member Mayor's Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities, New York City, 1991—1993, Citywide Coalition on Disability, New York City, 1994—1995. Active in assistive signage needs Planning Meeting New York City Council/Department Disabled, 2000.
Member information subcommittee New York City Council Planning Committee Department Disabled, since 2000. Member Disabilities Network of New York City, since 2000. Member disability rights steering committee 504 Democratic Club for Persons with Disabilities, 1987—1988, member executive committee, 1990—2002.
Member New York County Democratic Committee 102ED/95 Education, 1995—2007. Executive committee The Village Independent Democrats, New York City, 2003—2009, vice president, 2005—2007. Member The Village Independent Democrats Turns 50 committee The Village Independent Democrats 50th Anniversary Reception, 2007.
Judicial delegate 66th Assembly District, New York, 2009. Member College Art Association (committee members with disabilities for accessible programs and places since 1990), New York City Council department for disabled.
Married Harold Jay Burns, June 29, 1969 (deceased June 1975). 1 child, David Henry (deceased). Married Michael Francis McCann, September 26, 1984 (divorced April 2007).