Nadina LaSpina

disability rights activist and author

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2020
Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum,
Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Ave., Albany NY 12230. 
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Note: Earlier that same day from 3 to 5 p.m., LaSpina will attend the Disability Resource Center Awards / Celebration / Reception, an event to celebrate the academic and leadership achievements of students with disabilities and recognition of faculty and staff who create an accessible living and learning environment. Both events are free and open to the public.

Nadina LaSpina is a prominent activist in the disability rights movement who has been arrested countless times for civil disobedience.


This past July, she served as the Grand Marshal of the 5th Annual Disability Pride Parade in New York City. A fiery orator, 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, where she is tortured in the quest for a cure; to her subsequent rebellion, activism, and growing ability to claim and enjoy her own beauty.

Cosponsored 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. 


Photo by Gene Grown 


The remainder of the spring lineup of the NYS Writers Institute has been postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

NYS Writers Institute

Science Library 320

University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

(518) 442-5620

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