Wisdom From a Chair – Thirty years of Quadriplegia (Andrew I. Batavia and Mitchell Batavia)


Congratulations, Mitchell Batavia, Department Chair, NYU Steinhardt Physical Therapy, on the publication of:

Wisdom From a Chair – Thirty years of Quadriplegia
Andrew I. Batavia and Mitchell Batavia
BookLocker.com, Inc 2016
ISBN 978-1-63491-079-8

https://wisdomfromachaircom.wordpress.com/

Copies on order at NYU:
https://getit.library.nyu.edu/go/9405017

Andrew Batavia’s memoir leaves the reader with the lasting impression of his remarkable “adjustment” to his disability. Following an accident as a teen that left him with high-level quadriplegia, he went on to attend Stanford and Harvard, become a lawyer, a scholar, a professor of public health policy and rehabilitation research, an activist for independent living and the right to die, and an implementer and proponent of the American Disabilities Act of 1990. He marries and becomes a father of two. The memoir, published posthumously (Batavia died in 2003), focuses on what he did, not what he could not do.

In Batavia’s words: “I did my very best to make [people] feel comfortable with my disability, a skill that I have since perfected to the extent that many people say they forget that I have a disability after being with me for a little while.” Batavia achieves this comfort level for the reader as well. Although the reader can’t help but keep his physical constraints upmost in our minds, Batavia’s voice is strong, assured, confident, and independent, as well as witty and pragmatic.  Co-author and younger brother, Mitchell Batavia, provides more context, highlighting both Andrew’s scholarly achievements as well as wrenching background, with commentaries that give context for the accident from the family’s viewpoint.  A memory of a 13-year-old visiting his newly injured older brother confined in a CircOlectric bed, and being asked to, please, “scratch his nose,” only begins to hint at the anguish and consequences for patients’ families in the aftermath of such a devastating injury.  Compelling reading, it turns out to be a page-turner, as we root for Batavia’s recovery and accomplishments.

Highly recommended for library collections serving healthcare professionals, caregivers, policymakers, administrators, and software developers of assistive technologies, as well as the general public.

 

Obama’s JAMA article, review of ACA

 President Barack Obama has published a review in JAMA of what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has and has not accomplished since its passage in 2010.

Here are the highlights:

  • The ACA has been successful in sharply increasing insurance coverage. Since the ACA became law, the uninsured rate has declined from 16% in 2010 to 9.1% in 2015, a relative decrease of 43%.
  • States that decided to expand their Medicaid programs saw larger reductions in their uninsured rates from 2013 to 2015, especially in states that started with large uninsured populations.
  • Early evidence suggests that expanded coverage has led to modest improvements in some measures of access to treatment, financial security, and health.
  • Payer spending per health care enrollee has continued to decline in a continuation of pre-2010 trends, and health care quality has improved.

 It is free on-line: United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2533698

 

Zotero @ college of nursing Wed april 13

Just added:

Zotero Basics @ College of Nursing
Need help keeping track of the articles, books, etc. you find on your topic? Zotero is a citation management tool that lets you import and organize the references you find as you search catalogs/databases, and automatically format bibliographies according to your selected style (MLA, APA, etc.).

NOTE: Bring your own laptop to class.
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
Location: College of Nursing, 433 1st Avenue, room 630
RSVP: http://nyu.libcal.com/event/2548507

Zotero classes @ college of nursing Mar 28, 29

Still spots available for:
Zotero Basics @ College of Nursing:

4pm, Monday March 28, room 630 RSVP: http://nyu.libcal.com/event/2515964
4pm, Tuesday March 29, room 630 RSVP: http://nyu.libcal.com/event/2515965

Zotero is a citation management tool that lets you import and organize the references you find as you search catalogs/databases, and automatically format bibliographies according to your selected style (MLA, APA, etc.).

NOTE: Bring your own laptop to class.