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Podcasts about parenting, education and the workplace – our five favourite podcasts on disability topics!

These days, there’s a podcast on just about anything. According to the ABC, over 30% of Australians are listening monthly. True crime, comedy, politics – whatever you’re into, there’s bound to be content out there to suit you. We’ve created a round up of our five favourite podcasts on disability-related topics.

For the parents out there

We’ve previously written about how much we love The Parenting Spectrum, a podcast created by two parents about life with their son Patch, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. A new ABC series flips the concept, looking at parenting challenges faced by parents with disability. It was created by Eliza Hull who has a neurological condition ‘Charcot Marie Tooth’ and created the series after becoming a parent and finding a vacuum of information and advice about parenting with a disability.

We’ve Got This: Parenting with a Disability aims to share stories which provide an accurate representation of family life and complexities that parenting with a disability brings. Guests cover a range of issues including parenting with an intellectual disability and the fear of having your parenting constantly challenged, how a genetically inherited disability can impact the decision to parent and parenting after acquiring a disability later in life. Episodes are only 10-15 minutes long, so it’s a great listen for busy parents out there!

If you like your podcasts with a little humour

Often, it’s the chemistry of the hosts that can make a good podcast great. The Accessible Stall has this chemistry in spades as best friends Kyle Khachadurian and Emily Ladau discuss all things disability. They approach topics with a wry humour that makes it fun to listen to; but don’t shy away from delving honestly into issues facing people with disability, as well as their own personal biases and beliefs. The pair argue, laugh and invite special guests in to debate a range of interesting topics. What’s the difference between meaningful or educational disability-related content and exploitation? Why is inspiration porn bad? When should we start expecting access rather than being surprised that it’s there?

It is a US-based program, so some of the content relates to US events and legislation. The hosts themselves each have different life experiences, so approach everything with two unique viewpoints. There is occasional swearing, so this one’s not for kids.

If you’re not sure what you’re into

A BBC Radio production, Ouch: Disability Talk is a weekly podcast that covers a wide range of disability-related topics with a different guest each week. Dating back to 2015, there’s an extensive back catalogue of episodes covering a broad range of topics including questions kids ask, sex and relationships, what cochlear implants hear and disability and fashion.

The podcast describes its content as ‘interviews, life hacks and things you don’t say out loud’ and there’s no one theme that the show sticks to. There’s so much to choose from, you’re bound to find something that sparks your interest.

Workplace matters

While not solely featuring guests with disability, The Art of Inclusion from the Diversity Council of Australia features some great episodes interviewing individuals with disability whose stories make up Australia’s diverse workforce today. So far, topics have included neurodiversity at work, creating a new narrative for disability in the workplace and CEOs talking about leading and managing mental health. Currently only in series two, we look forward to hearing what else they have in store.

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