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  • Welcome to the website of Corbett Joan OToole

    Corbett is an author and independent scholar documenting the history of people within disability rights and justice communities. Her work is used across the world. Her first book, FADING SCARS, is a 2016 Lambda Literary Award finalist and is available through Amazon.


Preserving the stories and histories of disabled people is critically important. Future generations need to know what we did, how we did it, and what we thought about. You can tell a short story with StoryCorps put your photos and papers into boxes and give them to an archive, and record your stories yourself and put them on the web.

Bring Corbett to Speak

Corbett is a dynamic speaker who enthralls audiences with her humor, insights and extensive knowledge of disability history. Her 40 years of talks cover the entire history of the U.S. Disability Rights Movement. She explores the intersections of women, and LGBTQIA with stories you’ll never hear anywhere else. Bring Corbett to speak and you’ll be glad you did.

Book Readings

Corbett’s book Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History was selected as a 2016 Lambda Literary Award finalist and is available for sale through Amazon. Corbett is no longer associated with Autonomous Press. She and Elizabeth "Ibby" Grace continue to support emerging writers from various disability communities.

Corbett's Art for Sale

Corbett creates art that celebrates the experiences and histories of disabled people. She sells art here occasionally. 100% of the monies from the sale of her artwork go to support disabled-led projects.