Podcasts are a wonderful way of tailor-making your own radio station. Apart from messages from sponsors (if there are any), podcasts don’t have adverts nor are they interrupted with news, weather or travel. They can be downloaded to listen to later and so are perfect for situations where you don’t have access to WiFi such as train journeys and driving in your Motability Scheme car.
You can access podcasts from various platforms depending upon which devices you use. On Apple devices, you can download podcasts from iTunes or the Podcasts apps. They are also available on Google Play Music, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Player FM.
We’ve curated a list of relatable and diverse podcasts are made by and for people with disabilities — here are some of our favourites.
This peer interview podcast is all about celebrating disability. Once a month, Esi Hardy, a wheelchair user, invites a guest to share their experiences of how they manage their disability in the workplace. Its aim is to help listeners develop disability confidence and inclusion in the workplace.
Honestly with Clemmie Telford
Honestly contains podcasts about topics that tend to make people feel uncomfortable. Interviews include stories from inspirational personalities like Ben Tansley. After being paralysed from a motorbike accident, Tansley is now dedicated to raising money for people with spinal injuries and encouraging anyone with disabilities to lead full and enjoyable lives. Telford also writes the Mother of All Lists blog which goes into every aspect of parenting as well as many other issues such as choosing to live on a low income, dealing with grief, and the reality of living with Type 1 Diabetes.
Tom Kirby of Midland Mencap does a range of podcasts looking at all aspects of living with a disability from playing sport to employment. Kirby also has a blog about being part of Mencap’s Flyerz Hockey Team. He covers living independently and how it can be a rewarding, but also a nerve-wracking experience. He talks candidly about his experiences of feeling lonely at times, getting the right support, and not being afraid to ask for help when he needed it.
The Tilt Parenting Podcast
This US-based podcast is for parents of autistic and other neuro-diverse children. It covers a wide range of topics from ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism, and learning differences. The topics covered in the episodes include what it’s like to be dyspraxic, communications disorders, coping with neurodivergence as adults, and occupational therapy.
Airing Pain brings together people with chronic pain and top specialists to talk about resources that can help them. The podcast is produced once a month and you can hear it on Tuesday and Sunday evenings at 8 pm via Able Radio. Podcasts are then available to listen to on-demand via the website. You can subscribe to the Airing Pain podcast on Audioboom, iTunes, and through most podcast apps — there is also a transcript available after the broadcast in case you miss anything.
This is a host site for a wide variety of podcasts made by and for people with disabilities. Podcasts include the Remap podcast which looks at ways in which disabled people can live independently with adaptations suited for their needs, such as cutlery that is easier to hold.
Muscle Owl Radio
Muscle Owl Radio is the podcast stream of The Muscle Owl. It provides updates and discussions on topics within the Neuromuscular and disabled community. It supports campaigners, charities, scientific researchers, and discusses key issues for people with Muscular Dystrophy and their families, friends and carers.
Abnormally Funny People
This podcast is made by stand up (and sit down!) comedians. One of the team members, Lost Voice Guy, won Britain’s Got Talent in 2018. Abnormally Funny People started in August 2005 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then, it’s had four runs at the Soho Theatre, a set at the 2012 Paralympics Show, and went back to Edinburgh for its 10th birthday. On the podcast, they talk about their online disability training which they run with the company Skills Boosters and, of course, comedy.
A site to help disabled singles find partners, Disabilitymatch also contains tips on all aspects of living with a disability from travelling, getting the most out of studying, and adaptations to make life easier. A recent podcast looks at independent living and the most established resources for the UK’s disabled community.
No Triumph, No Tragedy
Blind since birth, BBC broadcaster Peter White talks to people with disabilities who have achieved outstanding success in a variety of fields. All 24 episodes are available from the Radio 4 website or the BBC Sounds app. Interviewees include comedian Geri Jewell who was born with cerebral palsy, cabinet minister Robert Halfon who was born with spastic diplegia, and former chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead who is in the final stages of Motor Neurone Disease.