Newsletter Archive

The entire backcatalogue of Debrief newsletters.

What silence says

Insights from recent academic and policy research
19 Jun 2024

Disability over-confident

Commitments to inclusion not being put into practice
12 Jun 2024
Illustration of a window with framed certificates and awards celebrating inclusion. A background of other office buildings.

Testimonies from the past

How disabled people’s life stories challenge official histories
05 Jun 2024
Digital illustration of paperwork. A tear in it shows an office with a man shouting at a woman in a manual wheelchair.

A duty to shed light

Guide to recent disability news from 50 countries
22 May 2024

Bigger than the machine

Ida Putri's journey into activism and creating opportunities for others
15 May 2024
Digital illustration of large brown hands holding a sewing machine. The hands are scratched and surrounded by thorny roots.

No ifs, no buts, no maybes

Remembering Sir Robert Martin, the language of disability, and more
08 May 2024

A new wave of disability media

Navigating tensions between art, activism and access
01 May 2024
Illustration of Celestine, a white woman wind-swept hair, riding her three-wheeled mobility scooter through an ocean wave.

Challenge and conformity

K-pop, carnival, therapy, and critiques of inclusion
24 Apr 2024

Getting to know each other

A reader survey and updates from behind-the-scenes
17 Apr 2024
Watercolour illustration of a turquoise-topped cake with an @ sign and a large red 100 placed on top like a candle.

Assume that I can hit harder

Guide to recent disability news from 50+ countries
10 Apr 2024

Schisms in the Church

The disconnect faced by deaf worshippers in Nigeria
03 Apr 2024
Line outline drawing of a large church building with an imposing facade. Signed Tan Kuan Aw 2024.

Illness moved in waves

Exploring chronic illness, deafness and facial difference
27 Mar 2024

Finding our future

The crisis at IDA, hierarchies, poetry, and more
20 Mar 2024

Don’t shut the door behind you

Gatekeeping undermines the disability movement
13 Mar 2024
Watercolour illustration of a wooden gate, closed. The gate doors have the shape of an x on them, and green grass in front.

I really wanted to further my education

Guide to recent disability news from nearly 50 countries
06 Mar 2024

What I've learned in conversation

Weaving together disability and climate justice
28 Feb 2024
Abstract illustration of colourful blooming flowers. Their stems are wiggly, almost like dancing figures.

We need to talk

Does the disability movement need a strategic reset?
21 Feb 2024

Here be dragons

Will AI helped disabled people into work, or should we stop working?
14 Feb 2024
A line illustration of a dragon lying calmly with a smiling monk sipping tea from a tea-pot. Signed Tan Kuan Aw, 7 Jan 2024.

I'd fight like hell for you

Julia Watts Belser on not giving up on each other in the climate crisis
07 Feb 2024
A watercolour portrait of Julia, a white woman with black hair, glasses, and a broad smile that reaches her eyes.

Castles in the air

Guide to recent disability news from 60+ countries
31 Jan 2024

Successes and Setbacks

Life stories of women with disabilities in Yemen
24 Jan 2024
Watercolour silhouette of Sana'a, with domes flanked by minarets and buildings, coloured in earthy yellow-brown.

A disabled farewell to 2023

Reflections on my year and how Judy's passing changes our movement
13 Dec 2023
A simple watercolour illustration of Santa on wheels, and carrying a big bag of gifts.

Stories you won't read elsewhere

Making media for the disability movement in 2023
06 Dec 2023
Picture of Peter at his desk, smiling with a Santa hat and Judy Heumann hoodie.

How can I allow you to go to church?

Shackling in Ghana, Israel-Palestine, and much more
29 Nov 2023

Lifeboat in the ocean

Australian disability benefits, US Civil war, and a shift on mental health
22 Nov 2023

Taking the side of humanity

Reactions to Israel-Gaza coverage, disability advocacy and more
15 Nov 2023

A song for freedom

An activist reveals the situation of disabled people in Myanmar's civil war
08 Nov 2023
Illustration of a crutch-user's silhouette in Myanmar's landscape. A yellow ray of musical notes comes over splashes of red.

Wary of being too dependent

Latest disability news: care, sunscreen, smuggling and much more.
01 Nov 2023

A disability lens on conflict

Israel-Gaza war and news from 50+ countries
25 Oct 2023

Stories move the world

Disability Rights Fund support Disability Debrief
23 Oct 2023

The weight of the issue

Showing up disabled in the climate movement
18 Oct 2023
Watercolour of stick figures of different colours, each interlinked with its neighbours.

Call me in the morning

Disability culture highlights: Judy Heumann, Protactile and more
11 Oct 2023
Sketch outlining a figure lying down under a tree, a teapot on a fire at their feet. Signed Tan Kuan Aw, 4th October 2023.

Turning the tide

Fighting for equality when rights are eroded
04 Oct 2023
Photograph of waves crashing on the shore. The sea is dark grey blue and the waves froth white.

Heroes and victims

Mailbag edition on changing culture, belonging, love and much more
27 Sep 2023

Bullfighting, Barbie and Borges

Latest international disability news from nearly 60 countries
20 Sep 2023

The fastest-growing library of disability resources

Disability news from 145+ countries and resource guide on climate change
13 Sep 2023
Photograph of vertical piles of used books of different shapes, sizes, and colours.

It's a cultural fight

Christian Tasso on challenging perceptions of difference
06 Sep 2023
Black and white photo of a young girl wide-mouthed in laughter and joy, hands to her face, wearing a dress.

Sailing away

Global mental health, mad justice, and disability culture
26 Jul 2023
Watercolour of a small motorboat moored in a bay, pointed toward a bright horizon.

Considered a backup

The overlooked power of disabled care
19 Jul 2023
Painting of amorphous purple bodies intertwined, holding each other. Background of urban buildings, dark green.

How many disabled people are there?

Why the complexity of disability can't be reduced to one number
12 Jul 2023
A grid of squares, grouped into different colours. A figure stands in front of them, arms on waist, as if making a decision.

Benefits are broken

Latest disability news from nearly 60 countries
05 Jul 2023

“Can't work without it”

Ford Foundation support Disability Debrief
03 Jul 2023

Protesting the protestors

Segregation in France, Paralympic Games and the sickness in our work
28 Jun 2023

My prayer to failure

Reflections 10 years after the Rana Plaza building collapse
21 Jun 2023
A monochrome grey illustration of Rana Plaza ruins: building rubble against a background of buildings.

Bad people took pity on us

Stories from wartime Ukraine, migration across Mexico, and higher education in Brazil
14 Jun 2023

Disability news from 50+ countries, June 2023

From the top of Everest to protests in Paris and Seoul
07 Jun 2023

A just transition for disabled people

A disability lens on greening economies and society
31 May 2023

Do we practice what we preach?

The discrimination we face while advocating on disability
24 May 2023
An illustration of a ramp that becomes a series of steps. Surrounded by pleasant greenery. Signed Tan Kuan Aw 2023.

A small group of people

Movement building, assistive technology and acquiring disability
17 May 2023

Taming the tiger

Updates from Sudan, the future of care and ableism in the Paralympics
10 May 2023
An illustration of a tiger in front of a monk. The tiger looms larger but the seated monk calmly holds a hand up.

لسنا وحدنا : الأشخاص ذوو الإعاقة في نزاع السودان

التنقل في الأزمات وأشياء تجمعها أنظمة الحب
05 May 2023

“We are not alone”: Disabled people in Sudan's conflict

Mobility in crisis, and the systems of love that hold things together
03 May 2023
An illustration of city buildings with smoke towering above. In the foreground a small bus heads into the desert.

Benefits for Bond Villains

Disabled villains, humanitarian crises, and how Judy changed the world
26 Apr 2023

How do we look after each other?

Rethinking care systems with policy and personal experience
18 Apr 2023

If I had a magic wand

Disability community and where the Debrief is going
11 Apr 2023

Where disability and climate meet

Disabled wisdom and an invitation to community
04 Apr 2023
Illustration of an apocalyptic scene. A man with a ventilation tube sits in front of a factory, chimneys spewing pollution.

Not willing to be neutral

Disability leaders, dismantling objectivity, and a broader view of health
28 Mar 2023
An illustration of a man in a wheelchair alongside a dog. The man is broad shouldered and wears glasses. Both look gentle.

Disabled People in Peru's Political Protests

Breaking stereotypes about protest and taking an active role during a crisis
21 Mar 2023
Illustration of a woman in front of a line of riot police. She gestures with one arm and and the other holds a blank sign.

More like persecution than support

Protests in Poland, ways to cheat inclusion, and news from over 50 countries.
14 Mar 2023

Our movement is in mourning

Remembering Judy Heumann, and how she changed us.
06 Mar 2023
A line drawing portrait of Judy's face in outline. Short, full hair, glasses, dark eyes holding us, and a peaceful smile.

A disability lens on world news

A vision that grounds the news in our lived experiences.
21 Feb 2023
Painting of blurred colours, from dark blue down into green, yellow, orange and green again. Overlaid with outlines of petals

Don't you have mercy on yourself?

How we turn our isolation into connection
07 Feb 2023
Black and white painting of a downcast face, hands on head. Flanked by 2 figures, one an outline, the other sitting, crying.

Healthcare has to be healed

The impacts of health inequities and how we take revenge.
31 Jan 2023
An illustration of two figures contorting under a large red heart. A jagged line cuts across it and the background is blue.

The progress we made is at risk

Economic recession, ancient history and new books
24 Jan 2023
Dark lines illustrate the outline of a rabbit and a tree growing on its back. The rabbit's eye and tree blossoms pink-red.

“You follow policy, but I want equality”

Curated disability news and highlights from over 75 countries.
17 Jan 2023

How we're making disability media, and how you can help

Its role in a stronger disability movement, and why we need your support
13 Dec 2022
Illustration of Santa, sitting in a wheelchair, holding a sack marked "Disability Debrief", full of emails to deliver.

Escaping institutions, and their shadows

Escaping segregation and my hopes for Tutankhamun
06 Dec 2022
Watercolour illustration of a dark building with columns and outline of birds flying away from it, upwards into a blue sky.

Wheelbarrow or throne, revolutionary or royal

Highlights and curated news from 60+ countries
28 Nov 2022

Advocacy in turbulent times

Jose Viera on how the disability movement can navigate uncertainty.
21 Nov 2022
Picture of a man with a joyful smile. Jose is blind, has light brown skin, an elegant blue suit, short dark hair and goatee.

Can COP27 contribute to disability-inclusive climate justice?

Facing barriers at every turn, disabled people are fighting for their leadership to be recognised.
07 Nov 2022
Illustration of desert, with a thin river leading to a narrow horizon of dark sea and above that foreboding dark red clouds.

Revolution and strategies to win

Updates from the Iran protests and around the world
24 Oct 2022

Shallow, siloed and tokenistic: critiques of inclusion

Plus: assisted suicide, access to the air, and the bodies we dream of.
11 Oct 2022
Illustration of a stick figure inside a maze. A dotted line traces the path from the figure to the outside, where a bus waits

Fractured, fighting, fixed: adventures in hospital

Why medical systems struggle with inclusion
27 Sep 2022
X-ray image: a ball in the pelvis, a socket around it, a screw pointing upwards, and an extension downwards into the femur.

A new resource on disability rights

A fast-growing library, and the web accessibility challenges in making it.
22 Aug 2022
Old leather books framed by a wooden shelf. The books have brown spines, with titles worn away.

Feeling pride, feeling poorly, feeling the prices

Plus: punk, stamp collecting, and much more
02 Aug 2022

Disability in the Heat

Why authorities need to prioritise people at highest risk as temperatures rise
25 Jul 2022

A disability-rights view on community and mental health

Bhargavi Davar on Buddhism, connection, colonialism and earthworms
20 Jun 2022
A profile picture of brown-skinned woman almost smiling. Wearing a black top with a gold shawl she has short tousled hair.

Assistive technology: needed by one in three, and me

Plus: wheelchair cameos, children left behind in Ukraine, and curated news
07 Jun 2022

Reader Rebrief: classifying disability, Russia, and digital media

Plus: new support to the Debrief, and memories of Marcia Rioux
30 May 2022

"I'm not rebellious": Abner Manlapaz, lifelong rebel

Finding disability rights and fighting for them, plus the Philippines elections
10 May 2022

"We can turn this around": Bristol's plan for a Green and Accessible Future

Plus: Floods in South Africa and systemic roots of climate breakdown
03 May 2022

New Frontiers for Activism in AI and Tech

Plus where we are with covid, key pieces on Ukraine, remembering Marcia Rioux, and much more
19 Apr 2022

Responses to climate change leaving disabled people behind

Plus: what I missed on Ukraine, and more from readers.
04 Apr 2022
A watercolour image of a flood scene: on land, a house with steps, the woman in the water holding a wheelchair.

On the War in Ukraine

Comprehensive news update with the art and poetry we need to understand it
21 Mar 2022

From awareness to action, with Yazmine Laroche

Lessons-learned from working for an inclusive Canadian public service
09 Mar 2022

Love, War and Talkshops

All-you-can-eat guide to international disability news, February 2022
28 Feb 2022

Left for dead, going to school, teen drama and much more

All-you-can-eat guide to international news, January 2022
27 Jan 2022

Guide to international news, December 2021

Disability day, new research, great dance moves: now with reader support
15 Dec 2021

The story of a changing world and how to keep telling it

What the newsletter covered in 2021 and why I need your help
08 Dec 2021

What does 15% mean? with Jennifer Madans

Going deep on disability data, how we gather it, and how we use it to make change
23 Nov 2021

Guide to international news, November 2021

Climate, Covid, culture and more in a curated guide
09 Nov 2021

Catching up with International News, September 2021

Global collection of research, articles, news and views
30 Sep 2021

Disability Debrief in Rehab

My summer break
14 Sep 2021

“Girls and women with disabilities are leaders now,” with Misti Ashrafun Nahar

Conversation on inclusion in Bangladesh and the relationship between disabled people's organizations and international development partners
22 Jun 2021

Guide to International News, May 2021

More virus news, aid cuts, big business on board, all the reports and more
18 May 2021

“To make change happen, you cannot be defined by one thing” with Caroline Casey

Conversation on experience, expectations, and how disability is infused in business
19 Apr 2021

Guide to International News, April 2021

Hey Debriefers, Welcome to the April round-up of disability news from around the world. This edition picks up where the March edition left off. You can also catch-up on the
08 Apr 2021

"Education should be more than sitting and learning," with Bernice Oyeleke

Her Abilities Award winner on education, identity and how she's making change.
30 Mar 2021

"We don't want to go back to an inaccessible health system" with Antony Duttine

Understanding disability-inclusion in health systems and the shocks of COVID-19
18 Mar 2021

Guide to international news, March 2021

Remembering friends, catching-up with COVID-19, Criplentines Day and much more
04 Mar 2021

“We need to pay more attention to people”, interview with Stefan Tromel

February 2021, Part 2
16 Feb 2021

"We are not the Disability Police" Interview with Stefan Tromel

February 2021, Part 1
09 Feb 2021

New year New Links

February 2021
01 Feb 2021

Resources from our International Day and more

We all want a holiday, so here's a handy reference of what just happened
17 Dec 2020

A global overview of disability news, November 2020 edition

November 2020
30 Nov 2020

Interview with Catalina Devandas

November 2020
13 Nov 2020

An international update on persons with disabilities in the COVID-19 crisis

30 September 2020
30 Sep 2020

Disinfected: the news that's not COVID-19

Mid-June 2020
15 Jun 2020

Where we are now: disability in the pandemic

26 April 2020
26 Apr 2020

Overview and update on coronavirus and disability

26 March 2020
26 Mar 2020

News on coronavirus response

18 March 2020
18 Mar 2020

A lot happened in February even without the leap-year

February 2020
27 Feb 2020

Staying up-to-date on international disability work

First edition, January 2020
30 Jan 2020