Wisdom From a Chair
In the spring of 2016, I am publishing memoirs that I co-authored with my brother Andrew (Drew) I. Batavia. Wisdom From a Chair is the amazing life story of an individual who at the age of 16, sustained a C 2-3 spinal cord injury and was transformed, becoming a disability activist, health policy analyst, Harvard-trained attorney and a Don Quixote of the disability community. Drew fought for the civil rights of people with disabilities across a broad scope of issues: health care reform; work accessibility, right to die, independent living movement.
In 1990, while serving as a White House Fellow, Drew worked in the Department of Justice and pecked out regulations of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 using a mouth stick – symbolizing how inexpensive accommodations can lead to massive and historic output.
For more background on the story: