ABOUT

Corbett Joan OToole

I am a queer disabled elder. Born in Boston, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area just as disabled people fought to change the world from Berkeley. I worked at the Berkeley Center for Independent Living (first independent living center in the world, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, and was connected with many disability rights organizations.

From the beginning, I worked at the intersections of women, queers and disability which led to interesting collaborations with Cheryl Marie Wade, Axis Dance Troupe, wheelchair basketball and power soccer teams, feminist and social justice groups.

My current work focuses on Reclamation Press, art, and writing. In addition to the Highlights, there’s more information at Publications, Media, Presentations and Art.

HIGHLIGHTS

Co-founder and Publisher, Reclamation Press

Co-founder and Publisher, Autonomous Press (2014-2016)

Author, Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History

One of five must-read books, Women’s March 2017 https://www.womensmarch.com/reflect-resist/

Finalist, 2016 Lambda Literary Awards

Intersectionality Award, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), Inaugural Award. September 2015

Organizer, Queer Disability Conference, San Francisco State College, 2002

Corbett O’Toole: Advocate for Disabled Women and Health Care. Disability Rights Independent Living Collection, Bancroft Oral History Library, University of California, Berkeley. 1998 http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/collections/drilm/collection/items/otoole.html