Wrap your ears or eyes around these podcasts by Australians with disability and listen up as they share their unique perspectives and valuable insights.
Image: Three women sit in a recording studio with microphones in front of them.
Listening to and amplifying the voices of people with disability is crucial to creating a more inclusive and equitable society. By learning directly from people with disability, we can gain a better understanding of their experiences, challenges, and perspectives. This can help to identify and break down the barriers that prevent people with disability from fully participating in society.
One way to do this is by consuming podcasts created by people with disability. Podcasts can provide an accessible platform for people with disability to share their stories, insights, and expertise with a wider audience.
For allies, engaging with podcasts by people with disability can be an important step in learning more about how they can support and advocate for people with disability.
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite Australian podcasts from people with disability that explore topics from personal stories and advocacy to tips and advice for people with disability and allies alike.
This podcast, hosted by Angus O’Loughlin, radio and TV host, and Dylan Alcott AO, Paralympian, disability advocate, and motivational speaker, aims to highlight and break down stigmas around disabilities.
ListenABLE invites listeners to challenge what they think it is like to live with a disability as Dylan and Angus speak to people living with disabilities about their lives and ask them the questions you thought were off-limits.
Image: Angus O'Loughlin sits on Dylan Alcott's lap in front of a grey background. Text reads: Listen able, Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin. Image via radiotoday.com.au.
In this series, Chloé Hayden, actor, disability advocate, motivational speaker, author, and influencer, interviews people that, just like her, are living life boldly and are unapologetically themselves.
Chloe invites people known for living their lives authentically and with confidence to join her and talk about anything from life lessons to advice for overcoming challenges and learning how to embrace your sparkle. Boldly Me will show you that the best way to live life is by fully embracing yourself.
Image: Chloe Hayden stands in front of a yellow background wearing a rainbow dress and colourful make-up. Text reads: Boldly Me. Nova Podcasts. Image via podtail.
Inform Podcast is a monthly conversation for people with disabilities, featuring people with disabilities, industry experts and other organisations in the disability space.
Hosted by Independence Australia, the episodes explore advice on finding work, changing careers, relationships, moving to a new house, dating, playing sports, finding a hobby, caring for pets, navigating the NDIS and more.
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One in Five
Produced by The Melbourne Disability Institute, One in Five explores some of the most complex issues facing people with disability today, such as employment, housing and the law.
The podcast gives voice to people with disability and speaks with a range of experts, including researchers and people working in the sector, about what we can do to improve the lives of people with disability.
Image: Graphic tile with a white background and a large splash of blue running horizontally through the centre. Text reads: One in Five. A podcast about disability research. Melbourne University - Logo.
The VALiD Podcast, hosted and produced by John McKenna from the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALiD), provides regular commentary and updates on VALID’s work and chats with people who share their stories about disability.
VALiD is an organisation that provides a range of advocacy and information programs that knit together to support people with a disability on their journey towards empowerment, inclusion, and a good life in the community.
Image: VALID - Logo.
We hope this list of podcasts inspires you to explore more diverse voices in the world of podcasts. Listening to podcasts by people with disability can be an enjoyable and informative way to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences and perspectives. By championing the voices of people with disability, we can all work towards a more inclusive society.
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