Peter Coleridge discusses issues raised by Brian O'Toole and Geraldine Maison-Halls ([12]Development in Practice 4(1)) outlining the use of community-based rehabilitation (CBR) in providing services to disabled people in low-income countries. The author outlines his own experiences researching the use of CBR, consisting of interviews with disabled people living in various circumstances and ranging from leaders of disability movements to mothers of children with mental impairments, in Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, India, Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Jonathon Benthall also replies to criticism of his book Disasters, Relief and the Media.