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As well as being a disabled person myself, I've spent many years advising folk on disability rights. I'm a freelancer working with international organizations, including United Nations agencies, to try to make the world a better place for disabled people.
Mostly I am writing from Colchester, England, which is also where I grew up. I'm back here after over 10 years studying, working, and language-learning in Brazil, Bangladesh, Switzerland and Egypt.
Together with Peter, regular contributors are:
- Áine Kelly-Costello, a disabled story-teller and advocate based in New Zealand, leads our work on the climate crisis. Áine is a regular editor of other Debrief work, too.
- Tan Kuan Aw, whose watercolours illustrate the Debrief. Kuan Aw is an artist and advocate on disability rights based in Penang, Malyasia. For more art, see his website.
As well as its contributors, the Debrief is made by its community. Guests come to interviews, readers send feedback, friends give advice, and your financial support let's us keep doing this.
Disability Debrief is supported on a pay-as-you-can basis by the individuals and organisations that read it. Organisations providing support include:
- Center for Inclusive Policy, a non-profit advisory service on inclusive policies and programmes. Special thanks to CIP for support since 2020!
- Sightsavers, an international development organisation working on disability rights.
- Ford Foundation, a private foundation supporting human welfare.
- CBM Global, who work alongside people with disabilities in the world's poorest places.
- Light for the World, an international disability and development NGO aiming at an inclusive society.
The Debrief would not be possible without the support from these organizations and the many other readers who have supported it.
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We did do work to make the website more accessible. See the accessibility statement for a description of what I didn't manage to fix.
The site is hosted on Ghost, a platform that uses open-source publishing software. The database of news is stored in SQLite and I rolled some python scripts to interface with it.