Defiças Portraits is the podcast channel of the Portraits of Brazil with Disabilities project, which has been realized through the efforts of NGO artivist Ateliê Ambrosina from Maceió AL Brazil, and captained through Western University in London ON, Canada. Episodes have been released on a weekly basis since December 2021, and are each created, recorded and edited by the very duos who are participating in the project, and whom also represent the various regions of Brazil. With themes freely chosen by the participants, the idea is to broadcast independent defiça (disability) narratives and ethnographic reports linked to disability in order to address lived experiences around inclusionary rights, research approaches, politics, and justice involving family, care, sexuality, and activist networks in Brazil. There are 11 exclusive episodes on the channel, involving the dedication of 22 co-creators, including activists, health professionals, educators, disability thinkers and researchers of disability, artists, and other disabled and non-disabled individuals.
Autistic psychologists: a portrait spoken
In this episode, autistic psychologists Giovanna Nicolau and Pablo de Assis talk about their perspectives on psychology as opposed to disabilities and neurodivergences. They bring new ideas about social inclusion, welcoming, acceptance, identification, and respect for the disabled differences in society.
Where are the people with disabilities in Brazil? From reflections about the Brazilian Law of Inclusion and their experiences, Paulo Henrique (a visually impaired man), talks to Saulo Vinícius about the way visual impairment is crossed by several issues such as affectivity, technology, and accessibility.
Defiça of the oiça
In a super engaging episode, singer and composer Dêza, together with poet Odara Rufino, share their experiences with hearing impairment: from the closeness and distance between congenital and acquired deafness, their current interdependent relationships, and many other topics that require a change of attitude and empathy from society.
Demystifying audio description
This episode reports the trajectory of professionals Deise Medina and Felipe Monteiro, and how they arrived at the universe of accessibility, more specifically of audio description. They trace an overview from the elaboration of the audiodescription script, through the production team, the audience, the user, to how the audiodescription is made available.
Whether for neurotypical or autistic people, we realize that love has not one single way of expressing itself. There is no typical love. Relationships and romantic love are challenging for everyone. For autistic people, then, the subject can gain other layers of complexity. Or can it not? Marcos Maia and Sophia Mendonça mediate this dialogue in this episode, with great guests.
Art in feeling - how to feel it?
When we talk about representation in culture, where are people with disabilities? Based on the maxim: "We don't understand art, we feel it", what would be the role of the artist in this proposition? Elizabeth Caldas and Natalhinha Marinho instigate artists to reflect on the possibilities of access and reach of their work.
Ableism and care in the trajectory of an autistic mother
Stories are good for thinking. In this episode, Dienuza Costa tells (and sings) the story of her life, through the experience of being an autistic person, from the lower classes ("periphery"), activist, academic and mother. The songs lull us into an autoethnographic script co-created with Valéria Aydos.
Self-portrait of women with disabilities: the look from the inside, the look from the outside
In this episode, Olivia von der Weid and Gislana Vale mediate the sketches made by their visually impaired guests, and reflect on the power of the image created from auditory and olfactory signals, memories and sensations.