Nadina LaSpina is a prominent activist in the disability rights movement. A fiery orator, this past July she served as the Grand Marshal of the 5th Annual Disability Pride Parade in New York City and she was also a featured speaker at the 2018 Women’s March in NYC. She is the author of the new memoir, Such a Pretty Girl (2019). The book spans her remarkable life, from her early years with polio and her experience as an object of well-meaning pity in her native Sicily; to her adolescence in America, spent almost entirely in hospitals; to her subsequent rebellion, activism, multiple arrests for civil disobedience, and growing ability to claim and enjoy her own beauty.
This program is co-sponsored by the UAlbany Disability Resource Center in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the NYS Museum and Office of Cultural Education to mark the 2020 centennial of women’s suffrage.