Amplifying Voices: Five Must-Listen Podcasts from the Disability Community

March 21, 2024

Discover five fun and entertaining podcasts and podcasters that are more than just great listens; they’re essential tools for education, empowerment, connection, disability advocacy, and storytelling.

Podcasts have become a powerful medium for storytelling and advocacy, offering a platform for marginalized voices to be heard. Within the disability community, podcasts serve as vital tools for education, empowerment, and connection. In honor of Developmental Disability Month, here are five remarkable podcasts that shine a spotlight on the diverse experiences and perspectives within the disability community:

1. Shining Beautiful

Mikelle, a remarkable podcaster, defies expectations as a non-verbal individual. Despite experiencing cerebral palsy, Mikelle capitalizes on the help of technology to ensure nothing holds her back. Join Mikelle, her mother Katherine Carol, and Gretchen Storm, a speech therapist and assistive technology expert, as they share their insights into living with a disability in today’s world. This dynamic trio discusses the everyday challenges and triumphs, highlighting how technology empowers individuals with disabilities to take charge of their lives. With a touch of sass and plenty of coffee, they gather around Mikelle’s kitchen table to chat with technology and rehabilitation experts, offering a unique perspective on the intersection of disability and technology. And, fun fact, Mikelle’s mother, Katherine Carol, was the first RMHS Board Chair!

Example episode titles include: “Savvy Social Security Benefits Strategies” and “Caring Connections: Building Beautiful Teams in Caregiving.”

2. Disability Visibility Project

Hosted by Alice Wong, a disability rights activist and writer, the Disability Visibility Podcast amplifies the voices of people with disabilities, featuring conversations with activists, artists, and scholars. Through candid discussions, this podcast explores topics ranging from accessibility and representation to intersectionality and social justice. Each episode offers insightful perspectives that challenge misconceptions and celebrate the rich diversity of the disability experience. For a guide that outlines all 100 episodes, click here.

Example episode titles include: “Black Doctors with Disabilities” and “Disabled Afro-Latina Artists.”

3. The Accessible Stall Podcast

Co-hosted by Kyle Khachadurian and Emily Ladau, The Accessible Stall is a humorous yet thought-provoking exploration of disability issues. With a blend of personal anecdotes and in-depth discussions, Kyle and Emily tackle topics such as accessibility, disability culture, and media representation. Their dynamic rapport and engaging storytelling make this podcast both informative and entertaining, offering valuable insights into the lived experiences of individuals with disabilities.

Example episode titles include: “Being Disabled is Expensive” and “Anger is Okay Sometimes.”

4. Disability After Dark

Hosted by Andrew Gurza, an award-winning disability awareness consultant, Disability After Dark is a groundbreaking podcast that explores the intersection of disability and sexuality. With unapologetic candor, Andrew delves into taboo topics surrounding disability and intimacy, challenging societal norms and promoting body positivity. Through interviews, personal reflections, and frank discussions, Disability After Dark sheds light on the often-overlooked aspects of the lives of people with disabilities, fostering greater understanding and acceptance.

Example episode titles include: “What do I do When the Care System Fails?” and “How to be an Ally to Disabled People & Other Questions.”

5. Keah Brown (Regular Podcast Guest)

Keah Brown, author of The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me and the viral hashtag #DisabledAndCute, is a Black, disabled, and queer woman who regularly appears on popular podcasts to celebrate and discuss the achievements and experiences of disabled BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals. Through candid conversations with hosts from diverse backgrounds, Keah explores the intersections of race, disability, and identity. Keah works to provide a platform for marginalized voices within the disability community, amplifying stories that are often overlooked in mainstream discourse. Some of the podcasts she has been featured on include The Same 24 Hours and Hear to Slay. To view her TEDX Talk titled: “Choosing Joy, Ambition, and Self-Love,” click here.

These podcasts offer valuable insights, perspectives, and resources for listeners within and beyond the disability community. By amplifying diverse voices and sharing authentic stories, they contribute to a more inclusive and empathetic society. Whether you’re seeking education, inspiration, or simply a good listen, these podcasts are essential additions to your playlist.