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224 página
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Lançado em:
Apr 9, 2013
ISBN:
9781301655922
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In 1968, at the age of seven, I was struck by an intoxicated driver while playing baseball. This accident left me paralyzed from the waist down and has since forced me to use a wheelchair. Every summer following the accident, I was required to check into a New York City hospital for one week of physical evaluations and tests.

At this hospital, I was treated by the same physical therapists, nurses, and doctors; I was also assigned the same room. This room was invariably occupied with individuals who were from different ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. They were admitted to the hospital for various reasons.

I quickly realized that no matter how different my roommates were, the bonding that took place during these short visits was incredible. It was amazing both in celerity, as well as intensity. Our injuries, sicknesses, and the hospital room seemed to insulate us from the prejudices and hatred of the outside world.

I also discovered that as quickly as this bonding took hold in the hospital room, it left just as quickly as we returned to our natural environments. All the promises about visiting and keeping in touch vanished as soon as we were discharged. More important, the prejudices that dissipated within our hospital boundaries reappeared as we left our cocoon.

At the age of seventeen, I shared the most intense seven days of my life with three roommates at this New York City hospital. I will always love but never see or talk with my roommates again.

I entered the hospital that week not yet an adult, but left no longer a child.

PATRICK is about those seven days...KGM

Lançado em:
Apr 9, 2013
ISBN:
9781301655922
Formato:
Livro

Sobre o autor

I am the Chairman & CEO of two companies, AbleRoad Associates Inc and McGuire Associates, Inc. AbleRoad is a Zagat's/Yelp-like Site/App connecting people with accessible places. No matter where you live or what you like to do, the AbleRoadTM Site and Apps enable you to locate, rate and review accessible places. Find nearby restaurants, stores, hotels, medical facilities, theaters, and more. Download the free, very cool iPhone/iTouch/iPad Apps via iTunes. The Droid phone/tablet Apps will be released sometime this month. After you've visited, you can give your own accessibility ratings in the following categories: 1) Mobility: Parking, restrooms, paths to entrances, lobby, counters/registers, signage, interior access. 2) Hearing: Captioning, VideoPhone/TTY, ASL staff, noise levels, strobe fire alarms, sensitive staff. 3) Sight: Public transport, announcements, phone information, website accessibility, lighting, Braille information, large print, aisles/navigation, guide dog/service animal. 4) Cognitive: Easy path of travel, oral information, illustrative communication, spaces clearly marked, live phone support, simple door operation, credit card alternatives, readily available assistance, respectful staff, knowledgeable staff, evacuation policies. McGuire Associates: For over two decades, Kevin McGuire has developed a solid reputation for assisting organizations in effectively and proactively meeting the standards prescribed by ADA regulations. Through skilled consultation, training and problem solving, McGuire Associates, Inc. has supported a wide range of corporations and institutions. Besides being retained to work on federal, state and city-mandated regulations, the firm also addresses critical issues which the Department of Justice (DOJ) deems important when investigating possible ADA violations: policy development; training; planning/implementation/monitoring; communication; public relations; and electronic technology applications.

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