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WISDOM FROM A CHAIR: Thirty Years of Quadriplegia - The Memoirs of Andrew I. Batavia by Andrew I. Batavia and Mitchell Batavia

WISDOM FROM A CHAIR: Thirty Years of Quadriplegia - The Memoirs of Andrew I. Batavia

by Andrew I. Batavia and Mitchell Batavia

402 pages
A person with quadriplegia, turned activist, writes ADA regulations.

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About the Book
Twelve years after his death, the family of Andrew (Drew) I. Batavia discovered his unfinished memoirs, with instructions for his wife or brother to complete them. In these memoirs, Drew shares the wisdom he acquired while living with a high-level spinal cord injury in a wheelchair, describing a person transformed from a quiet, conforming teenager to a Don Quixote of the disability community. But this is not just the story of a remarkable person who fought for the civil rights of people with disabilities. His memoirs hold a universal message about our human capacity to achieve the extraordinary, the enormous capability to survive, flourish, and succeed in the world, if we can fully exploit what we already possess within ourselves. Conceivably, each one of us can emerge as a Don Quixote. Drew’s memoirs are published during the twenty-fifth anniversary year of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

 

About the Author
Andrew I. Batavia and Mitchell Batavia Andrew I. Batavia (1957-2003), JD, MS, an internationally known disability activist, professor at Florida International University, and a person with high-level quadriplegia (paralyzed from the shoulders down), received his law education at Harvard University and health services research training at Stanford University. While a White House Fellow and special assistant to US attorney General Dick Thornburgh, he wrote regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Mitchell Batavia, PT, MA, PhD, is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. He was Andrew’s brother and lives in the Bronx with his wife, Evgenia, and son, Michael Andrew

 

 

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