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Andrea Dalzell

Registered Nurse and Disability Rights Advocate
New York State

Meet the set of wheels that is taking New York by storm! Andrea Dalzell is the first registered nurse to complete nursing school as a wheelchair user in New York City. She is also a pioneering activist for people with disabilities.

Known on social media as the Seated Nurse, Andrea is a force to be reckoned with and has emerged victorious against all the obstacles in her path. Transverse Myelitis left her paralyzed at the age of 12, but she did not allow her disability to become or define her. Andrea completed an undergraduate degree at the College of Staten Island majoring in Neuroscience, biology and nursing.

As an advocate and activist for the rights of people with disabilities, she’s garnered various awards. She was awarded CUNY’s Emerging Leader of The Year Award and also received the Cindy Loo Disability Rights Advocate Award in 2015. Aside from juggling her career as a school nurse, she finds the time to travel and spread awareness for issues that affect people with disabilities such as health, transportation, accessibility, and many more.

Andrea was crowned Ms. Wheelchair New York 2015, and utilized her title and platform, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Access, to promote her message and belief that people with disabilities can live a fulling life. She has been featured in O Magazine, Arise TV, New Mobility, and other publications/media outlets.

Thanks to her diverse experience, Andrea has presented at a variety of conferences including Medtrade and the U.S. Pain Foundation’s 2019 Pediatric Pain Family Camp.

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