Queer Disability History with Corbett O’Toole

Corbett O'Toole. Photo by Karen Nakamura.

Corbett O’Toole. Photo by Karen Nakamura.

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Corbett Joan O’Toole’s new memoir, Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History, is arguably the best history to come out of the Disability Rights Movement of the past four decades. She joins us in the studio for a lively discussion.

Today, we offer copies of Fading Scars as a thank you gift for your $60. membership in KPFA.   Call (510) 848-5732 or toll free at 800-439-5732.

Arriving in Berkeley among the first wave of people with disabilities, Corbett O’Toole experienced the creation of the west coast Independent Living Movement first hand.  In this book, she brings those early days to life. 

And, that’s just the beginning.  With her signature intelligence and humor, she takes us through the major issues of our disabled lives.  From violence to crip dancing, O’Toole’s analysis is often surprising and always illuminating.

Cover photography & model: Chun-Shan (Sandie) Ye

Cover photography & model: Chun-Shan (Sandie) Ye

Published by Autonomous Press, a new press devoted to disability, O’Toole’s book establishes the life-saving necessity for the disability rights movement as it points out the many places we have yet to go.

Today, we speak with Corbett Joan O’Toole about the current landscape and the path we will have to walk to achieve the goals of the early disability movement.

Find out more about Corbett O’Toole here.

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Original air date: 2-19-16

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