About Disability Debrief

Disability Debrief is an engaging, specialist guide to disability news from around the world. It's enjoyed by the disability-curious and used by the disability community in efforts for change.

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What they say

“I can't work without it.” – Catherine Hyde Townsend, Ford Foundation

“A revolution in disability information.” – Mosharraf Hossain, Global Inclusion Consulting

“I love the Debrief: great information, great humour and always something to learn.” – Karen Andrae, Consultant

“I'm in awe of how comprehensive, thoughtful and readable Peter's newsletter is! I wish it were in my life sooner.” – Jen Bokoff, Disability Rights Fund

“Disability Debrief filled a gap in our sector. It pulls together everything that's going on and does so in an easily-digestible way.” – Penny Innes, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

“Disability Debrief provides a perspective from a world I'm re-learning to navigate, one that's incredibly well-researched and makes me hope for a better future.” — Jodi Ettenberg, Curious about Everything

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About Peter

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.

I love hearing from readers! Do be in touch, or find me on Twitter @desibility.

Debrief team

Together with Peter, regular contributors are:

  • Áine Kelly-Costello, who writes on climate change and disability. Áine is a proudly disabled storyteller and campaigner. Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, they are currently based in Norway. Find more about what else Áine gets up to and on Twitter @ainekc95.
  • Tan Kuan Aw's 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.

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About this website

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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.