Per our previous post on disability podcasts, there are a wide variety of podcasts about life with disabilities, by people with disabilities. An important step in understanding how to mentor, employ, or otherwise assist a person with a disability is to understand their perspective and their needs. The podcasts below offer just that – accounts from people with disabilities that describe their experiences with work, education, social situations, and other aspects of their daily lives.
Disability Matters with Joyce Bender
Hosted by disability rights advocate Joyce Bender, Disability Matters covers a wide range of disability-related topics, including employment, technology, and advocacy. Bender interviews guests with disabilities and experts in the field to provide insights into disability issues and solutions. The podcast seeks to increase awareness and promote a more inclusive and accessible world for people with disabilities, recently covering topics such as disability employment policy, accessible transportation, and disability in the arts. In addition to being available on Bender’s website, Disability Matters is also available Apple Podcasts, VoiceAmerica, Spotify, Audible, TuneIn, and more.
Two Disabled Dudes
Two Disabled Dudes is hosted by Kyle Bryant and Sean Baumstark, who both have a rare neuromuscular disease called Friedreich’s ataxia. Their podcast focuses on accessibility, adaptive sports, and advocacy. Two Disabled Dudes aims to inspire and educate listeners by sharing the hosts' personal experiences and by interviewing guests with disabilities who have achieved success in various fields. Recent episodes have discussed accessible travel, disability and entrepreneurship, and adaptive cycling. Two Disabled Dudes is available on their website, Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, BloodStream Media, and more.
The Dyslexia Quest
Elisheva Schwartz, who has dyslexia, hosts The Dyslexia Quest, which focuses on dyslexia and other learning differences. Schwartz interviews experts and shares resources on dyslexia, as well as sharing her personal experiences, with the goal being to empower people with dyslexia by providing them with information and tools to succeed. Dyslexia and ADHD, dyslexia and anxiety, and dyslexia and creativity have been the subjects of recent episodes. In addition to being available on Stitcher, you can listen to The Dyslexia Quest on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podcast App, Podchaser, and more.
Hosted by three friends who all live with chronic illness and disability, Sickboy uses humor to discuss health issues. The hosts interview guests with different health conditions and share their own experiences with chronic illness and disability. Sickboy aims to break down the stigma surrounding chronic illness and disability, and to encourage open conversations about health. Lately, the podcast has covered topics such as mental health, rare diseases, and disability in the workplace. Sickboy is available on their website, CBC, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, and more.
Blind Abilities, hosted by Jeff Thompson, focuses on blindness and visual impairment. Thompson interviews visually impaired people, technology experts, and advocates to provide insights into living with blindness and visual impairment – all seeking to promote a more inclusive and accessible world for people with visual impairments by raising awareness of their challenges and successes. Thompson and his guests examine topics such as assistive technology, independent living, and employment. Some recent episodes have covered topics like accessible voting, disability advocacy, and blindness and sports. Listen to Blind Abilities on Thompson’s website, Audible, Spotify, Podbay, Apple Podcasts, Audioboom, and more.