In his memoirs, Wisdom from a Chair, Andrew I. Batavia shares the knowledge he acquired while living with a high-level spinal cord injury in a wheelchair, describing a life transformed from a quiet, conforming teenager to a Don Quixote of the disability community. A Harvard-trained lawyer and activist, he was a pioneer in the right-to-die debate, and wrote regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Andrew Batavia, class of 1990-1991, was assigned to Attorney General Dick Thornburgh at the Department of Justice. While at the Department of Justice, Drew wrote regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Drew’s White House Fellowship experience is covered extensively in his memoir. Drew worked to advance the civil rights of everyone, including persons with disabilities, and was involved in issues
such as universal healthcare, assisted dying, independent living, and access to places of public accommodation. Wisdom From a Chair is about finding a mission in life, fulfilling potential, and working to make the world a better place.
Read an Excerpt from Wisdom From a Chair: Thirty Years of Quadriplegia
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