Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride, Nadina LaSpina
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Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride

Author: Nadina LaSpina

Narrator: Jennifer Jill Araya

Unabridged: 11 hr 17 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Published: 04/13/2020

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs

Synopsis

This is Nadina LaSpina's storyfrom her early years in her native Sicily, where she contracts polio as a baby, a fact that makes her the object of well-meaning pity and the target of messages of hopelessness, to her adolescence and youth in America, spent almost entirely in hospitals where she is tortured in the quest for a cure and made to feel that her body no longer belongs to her and to her rebellion and her activism in the disability-rights movement. LaSpinas personal growth parallels the movements political developmentfrom coming together, organizing, and fighting against exclusion from public and social life to the forging of a common identity, the blossoming of disability arts and culture, and the embracing of disability pride. While unique, LaSpina's journey is also one with which many disabled people can identify. It is the journey to find one's place in an ableist worlda world not made for disabled people, where disability is only seen in negative terms. LaSpina refutes all stereotypical narratives of disability. Through the telling of her lifes story, without editorializing, she shows the harm that the overwhelming focus on pity and on a cure that remains elusive has done to disabled people. Her story exposes the disability prejudice ingrained in our sociopolitical system and denounces the oppressive standards of normalcy in a society that devalues those who are different and denies them basic rights.

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