100 episodes

Disabled and Proud is the show brought to you by top adaptive athlete Brooke Millhouse bringing listeners a different perspective on disability, each week this podcast highlights an awesome disabled guest speaking about their own disability; why they are proud to be disabled and why they are proud to be themselves.

The conversations in this show will look at what challenges these amazing people face socially, mentally, physically and life in general. This show is raw, open, honest, funny, welcoming and educational. This podcast is an opportunity to show the world that there is beauty in disability; it is not to be feared, gawked at, pitied but to be celebrated - this is the place to revel in the splendour of the disabled whilst learning and growing as a collective.

Disabled & Proud does exactly what is says on the tin! And whilst we are creating this space for disabled people to be unashamedly themselves, without need to conform for society, this is also not about toxic positivity. This show will be shining a big, bright light on disability without it being “Paralympic or pity”.

As you will hear disability is WHOLE, COMPLETE & PERFECT and whilst the topic of disability can be quite heavy - and we definitely don't shy away from the bad days - this podcast is also about having fun too! Our aim is to play a part in reclaiming the word disability - turning it from inadequacy to perfection!

Disabled and Proud Brooke Millhouse

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Disabled and Proud is the show brought to you by top adaptive athlete Brooke Millhouse bringing listeners a different perspective on disability, each week this podcast highlights an awesome disabled guest speaking about their own disability; why they are proud to be disabled and why they are proud to be themselves.

The conversations in this show will look at what challenges these amazing people face socially, mentally, physically and life in general. This show is raw, open, honest, funny, welcoming and educational. This podcast is an opportunity to show the world that there is beauty in disability; it is not to be feared, gawked at, pitied but to be celebrated - this is the place to revel in the splendour of the disabled whilst learning and growing as a collective.

Disabled & Proud does exactly what is says on the tin! And whilst we are creating this space for disabled people to be unashamedly themselves, without need to conform for society, this is also not about toxic positivity. This show will be shining a big, bright light on disability without it being “Paralympic or pity”.

As you will hear disability is WHOLE, COMPLETE & PERFECT and whilst the topic of disability can be quite heavy - and we definitely don't shy away from the bad days - this podcast is also about having fun too! Our aim is to play a part in reclaiming the word disability - turning it from inadequacy to perfection!

    Journey to Self-Acceptance: Reflections on Disability Pride

    Journey to Self-Acceptance: Reflections on Disability Pride

    Brooke takes a solo approach to highlight the powerful messages shared by the audience about Disability Pride Month. Through reading and discussing four standout responses, she delves into the importance of embracing disability pride, breaking societal molds, promoting visibility, and advocating for representation in various spheres of life. 
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Disability pride is an antidote for internalised ableism and a way to combat societal biases and expectations towards disabled individuals. It is important to raise awareness, promote visibility, and ensure representation of disabled people in leadership roles to inspire younger generations and break stereotypes. Disability pride is a journey that involves self-acceptance, resilience, and embracing one's authentic self, even in the face of societal challenges. Celebrating diversity and showcasing the talents and achievements of disabled individuals helps challenge preconceived notions and promotes inclusivity. By sharing lived experiences, advocating for change, and believing in oneself, disabled individuals can pave the way for a more inclusive and accepting society. BEST MOMENTS
    "Disability pride is almost the... the cure is not the right word, because I don't like the word cure, but I think it's the thing that really tackles ableism the most, is being able to have pride in who you are as a disabled person." 
    "Without disability, there's no ingenuity." 
    "Disability pride is about breaking out of the box so that we can fit to us." 
    "Disability pride offers me the chance to reflect on my self-acceptance journey over the years."
    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/disabled-and-proud/id1621152878
    HOST BIO
    Disabled and Proud is the show that brings listeners a different perspective on disability. Each week this podcast highlights an awesome disabled guest speaking about their own disability; why they are proud to be disabled and why they are proud to be themselves. 
    The conversations in this show will look at what challenges these amazing people face socially, mentally, physically and life in general. This show is raw, open, honest, funny, welcoming and educational. 
    Disabled & Proud does exactly what it says on the tin! And whilst we are creating this space for disabled people to be unashamedly themselves, without the need to conform to society, this is also not about toxic positivity. This show will be shining a big, bright light on disability without it being “Paralympic or pity”. 
    As you will hear disability is WHOLE, COMPLETE & PERFECT and whilst the topic of disability can be quite heavy - and we definitely don't shy away from the bad days - this podcast is also about having fun too! Our aim is to play a part in reclaiming the word disability - turning it from inadequacy to perfection!
    INSTAGRAM! https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en: https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en

    • 38 min
    Advocating for Change: Future Hopes for Disability Pride Month

    Advocating for Change: Future Hopes for Disability Pride Month

    Brooke welcomes special guests Nick and Isaac, to discuss the concept of Disability Pride and share their personal journeys towards embracing their disabilities. They emphasise the importance of authenticity and being true to oneself, highlighting the power of sharing personal stories and experiences.
    They also reflect on the impact of being open and honest about their disabilities, both online and in their daily lives, expressing their hopes for future Disability Pride Months, advocating for a more inclusive and supportive society that values and respects individuals with disabilities. 
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Disability pride is about being authentic and true to oneself, embracing one's identity and sharing the realities of living with a disability. Sharing personal stories and experiences can have a profound impact on others, creating connections and fostering understanding within the community. Embracing disability pride involves accepting oneself, making adaptations, and being open and honest about one's journey. The future of Disability Pride Month should involve a movement that goes beyond a tick box exercise, with corporations and organizations actively supporting accessibility and inclusion. Advocating for a dedicated senior disabilities minister and government commitment to supporting people with disabilities is crucial for progress and recognition within society. BEST MOMENTS
    "Be you. Find out who you are, what you are. Accept the fact that you need to adapt, figure out who you are, who you want to be, who you want people to see you be, and focus on being you."
    "I would love to see a disability pride march around the world. People being out and going through the streets of London or wherever, just being themselves and showing the world, 'Yeah, we're here.'"
    "I would like to see Disability Pride Month become an actual movement and a whole celebration. For it to be done not just by people with disabilities or disability charities, but for other businesses and organisations to get involved."
    "I think it's being your authentic self. People can tell when you are not being you, when you're trying overly hard. Sometimes those kinds of things of not being trying to be overly polished and just being me means more."
    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/disabled-and-proud/id1621152878
    HOST BIO
    Disabled and Proud is the show that brings listeners a different perspective on disability. Each week this podcast highlights an awesome disabled guest speaking about their own disability; why they are proud to be disabled and why they are proud to be themselves. 
    The conversations in this show will look at what challenges these amazing people face socially, mentally, physically and life in general. This show is raw, open, honest, funny, welcoming and educational. 
    Disabled & Proud does exactly what it says on the tin! And whilst we are creating this space for disabled people to be unashamedly themselves, without the need to conform to society, this is also not about toxic positivity. This show will be shining a big, bright light on disability without it being “Paralympic or pity”. 
    As you will hear disability is WHOLE, COMPLETE & PERFECT and whilst the topic of disability can be quite heavy - and we definitely don't shy away from the bad days - this podcast is also about having fun too! Our aim is to play a part in reclaiming the word disability - turning it from inadequacy to perfection!
    INSTAGRAM! https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en: https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en

    • 1 hr
    Disability Pride Month: Navigating Trauma and Celebrating Diversity

    Disability Pride Month: Navigating Trauma and Celebrating Diversity

    This week, Brooke welcomes Jamie and Celia on Disabled and Proud's Disability Pride Month special. They discuss their personal experiences with disability pride, unlearning ableism, and the challenges faced by the disabled community.
    Jamie shares a journey of overcoming internalised ableism and finding empowerment through meaningful employment, while Celia emphasises the importance of corporate responsibility in promoting disability inclusion. They highlight the need for tangible action, accountability, and ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive society. 
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Disability Pride is about change, hope, and amplifying diverse voices to celebrate the diversity of disability experiences. Disability Pride is not about enjoying being disabled but accepting oneself and being proud of the community's strengths and achievements. Unlearning ableism promotes inclusivity by addressing the impact of ableism on individuals and providing tools to navigate and challenge it. Overcoming disability is not a realistic goal, as disability is a part of one's identity and should be accepted rather than overcome. Corporate responsibility during Disability Pride Month should focus on tangible actions, such as running anti-ableism audits, supporting communities, and investing in disability inclusion beyond tokenism. BEST MOMENTS
    "Disability pride is about celebrating the work that's going on. So actually, I'm not celebrating Pride to the fullest, not because of my own fault, but because again, society isn't taking it on board."
    "I think for me that is the pride because I think if I didn't get into this role, I probably wouldn't be sitting here today. Like I probably would have out alive myself a long time ago."
    "It's not my accountability and responsibility. It's your burden of accountability and responsibility. And I think the natural tendency to applaud someone halfway through, you know they've done the bare minimum."
    "It's not about tokenism, flying a flag. Great, it's a starting point. As I said to Jamie the other day, I'm not going to applaud you until you've finished."
    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/disabled-and-proud/id1621152878
    HOST BIO
    Disabled and Proud is the show that brings listeners a different perspective on disability. Each week this podcast highlights an awesome disabled guest speaking about their own disability; why they are proud to be disabled and why they are proud to be themselves. 
    The conversations in this show will look at what challenges these amazing people face socially, mentally, physically and life in general. This show is raw, open, honest, funny, welcoming and educational. 
    Disabled & Proud does exactly what it says on the tin! And whilst we are creating this space for disabled people to be unashamedly themselves, without the need to conform to society, this is also not about toxic positivity. This show will be shining a big, bright light on disability without it being “Paralympic or pity”. 
    As you will hear disability is WHOLE, COMPLETE & PERFECT and whilst the topic of disability can be quite heavy - and we definitely don't shy away from the bad days - this podcast is also about having fun too! Our aim is to play a part in reclaiming the word disability - turning it from inadequacy to perfection!
    INSTAGRAM! https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en: https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en

    • 55 min
    Balancing Self-Care and Advocacy as a Parent of a Disabled Child

    Balancing Self-Care and Advocacy as a Parent of a Disabled Child

    Brooke talks to Emma, the mother of a disabled child, about her experiences and insights. Emma shares her journey from pregnancy to raising her daughter, Dottie, who was born on her due date.
    She reflects on the challenges of navigating the healthcare system and advocating for Dottie's needs. Emma discusses the importance of authentic representation of disability in media and the power of storytelling. She also touches on the struggles of self-care and the emotional toll of advocating for her daughter in various settings. 
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Advocating for a disabled child in medical settings can be emotionally challenging, but it is crucial to ensure the child's needs are met and their voice is heard. It involves being confident, determined, and prepared to stand up for what is best for the child.
    Authentic representation of disability in media and storytelling is essential for empowering individuals and changing societal perceptions. It is important to tell untold stories and showcase the diversity within the disabled community.
    Balancing self-care with the responsibilities of caring for a disabled child is crucial. Recognising when to take a break, setting boundaries, and surrounding oneself with supportive individuals are key aspects of self-care for a parent carer.
    Questioning assumptions and biases about disability is important in advocating for a disabled child. It involves resisting harmful tropes, advocating for authentic representation, and challenging conflicting opinions from professionals.
    BEST MOMENTS
    "I think when she was first born. For the first sort of five months, we were in and out of hospital a lot. And it wasn't like we were told in that time, oh, she's disabled, or she has this condition, or it was sort of a really weird mix of what's happening, panic, sort of worry."
    "I've definitely sort of evolved my thinking and perception of disability as a direct result of being Dottie's mum." 
    "I think it's about having those conversations that you wouldn't necessarily normally have with your friends down the pub. Because actually, they're not going to be the ones that necessarily grow your mindset." 
    "Sometimes some people aren't able to be saved. That is not a you problem, that is a them problem."
    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/disabled-and-proud/id1621152878
    HOST BIO
    Disabled and Proud is the show that brings listeners a different perspective on disability. Each week this podcast highlights an awesome disabled guest speaking about their own disability; why they are proud to be disabled and why they are proud to be themselves. 
    The conversations in this show will look at what challenges these amazing people face socially, mentally, physically and life in general. This show is raw, open, honest, funny, welcoming and educational. 
    Disabled & Proud does exactly what it says on the tin! And whilst we are creating this space for disabled people to be unashamedly themselves, without the need to conform to society, this is also not about toxic positivity. This show will be shining a big, bright light on disability without it being “Paralympic or pity”. 
    As you will hear disability is WHOLE, COMPLETE & PERFECT and whilst the topic of disability can be quite heavy - and we definitely don't shy away from the bad days - this podcast is also about having fun too! Our aim is to play a part in reclaiming the word disability - turning it from inadequacy to perfection!
    INSTAGRAM! https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en: https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en

    • 58 min
    Redefining Inclusive Design for Consumer Products

    Redefining Inclusive Design for Consumer Products

    Brooke talks to Robert, a neurodivergent individual with dyspraxia and a cancer survivor, discussing his journey and experiences with disabilities. Robert shares insights on the lack of accessibility he faced during his cancer diagnosis and how it influenced his perspective on inclusivity. He delves into his inclusive design consultancy, Inclus, aiming to make consumer products more accessible for social minority groups. 
    Together they highlight the importance of inclusive design and challenge the stereotypical perceptions of disability. Robert reflects on resilience and the need for a broader understanding of disability beyond visible markers. 
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Disability is a wide spectrum, and it's important to understand that it's not limited to visible disabilities like wheelchair use. Small incremental changes in design can make products more accessible and inclusive for all individuals, including those with disabilities. Overcoming challenges and finding coping mechanisms can lead to resilience and innovative solutions, even in the face of adversity. Embracing one's unique traits and experiences, regardless of disability, can lead to personal growth and success. It's crucial to have empathy and understanding towards individuals with disabilities, avoiding assumptions and embracing diversity in disability experiences. BEST MOMENTS
    "I think that's such a poignant snippet and takeaway because it comes back to that well what what does disability look like and actually there is not a one-size-fits-all."
    "I always found a way to be resilient and always found a way to then show up in a different way, in a way that then made people go, oh, it's quite impressive."
    "It's all just people talking and that's it. It's not, it doesn't need to define your world, it doesn't need to define your experience."
    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/disabled-and-proud/id1621152878
    HOST BIO
    Disabled and Proud is the show that brings listeners a different perspective on disability. Each week this podcast highlights an awesome disabled guest speaking about their own disability; why they are proud to be disabled and why they are proud to be themselves. 
    The conversations in this show will look at what challenges these amazing people face socially, mentally, physically and life in general. This show is raw, open, honest, funny, welcoming and educational. 
    Disabled & Proud does exactly what it says on the tin! And whilst we are creating this space for disabled people to be unashamedly themselves, without the need to conform to society, this is also not about toxic positivity. This show will be shining a big, bright light on disability without it being “Paralympic or pity”. 
    As you will hear disability is WHOLE, COMPLETE & PERFECT and whilst the topic of disability can be quite heavy - and we definitely don't shy away from the bad days - this podcast is also about having fun too! Our aim is to play a part in reclaiming the word disability - turning it from inadequacy to perfection!
    INSTAGRAM! https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en: https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en

    • 50 min
    Navigating Acquired Disability and Chronic Illness in Early Adulthood

    Navigating Acquired Disability and Chronic Illness in Early Adulthood

    Brooke has a candid conversation with Hannah, a guest who shares her journey of acquiring a disability in her early 20s and navigating life with chronic illness. Hannah discusses her experience with complex chronic illness, ME, and endometriosis, highlighting the challenges of being diagnosed and the stigma surrounding invisible illnesses. She reflects on the impact of her disabilities on her career choices and the process of accepting her authentic disabled self. The conversation delves into the differences in disability perception between the UK and the Netherlands, emphasising the importance of being able to show up as one's full disabled self. 
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Hannah's journey of showing up as her full disabled self in Amsterdam highlights the importance of embracing authenticity and setting boundaries without feeling the need to conform to societal expectations.
    Hannah's insight on grief being an ongoing and ever-changing process emphasises the need to accept and live alongside grief rather than trying to overcome it completely.
    The comparison between the UK and the Netherlands in terms of prescription painkillers showcases the significance of a morally neutral approach to pain relief, allowing for more collaborative and sustainable treatment options.
    Hannah's experience of living a slower-paced, authentic life in Amsterdam and inspiring her friends to reconsider their own lifestyles highlights the power of leading by example and sparking positive change in others.
    BEST MOMENTS
    "There's such a distinct before and now there's the people who knew you before you got sick, the ways you were, the things you did." 
    "I think the one other thing I want to say about culture, which I think is quite important for people who live with chronic pain, is I find, at least in my experience, there's a much more morally neutral view to prescription painkillers." 
    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/disabled-and-proud/id1621152878
    HOST BIO
    Disabled and Proud is the show that brings listeners a different perspective on disability. Each week this podcast highlights an awesome disabled guest speaking about their own disability; why they are proud to be disabled and why they are proud to be themselves. 
    The conversations in this show will look at what challenges these amazing people face socially, mentally, physically and life in general. This show is raw, open, honest, funny, welcoming and educational. 
    Disabled & Proud does exactly what it says on the tin! And whilst we are creating this space for disabled people to be unashamedly themselves, without the need to conform to society, this is also not about toxic positivity. This show will be shining a big, bright light on disability without it being “Paralympic or pity”. 
    As you will hear disability is WHOLE, COMPLETE & PERFECT and whilst the topic of disability can be quite heavy - and we definitely don't shy away from the bad days - this podcast is also about having fun too! Our aim is to play a part in reclaiming the word disability - turning it from inadequacy to perfection!
    INSTAGRAM! https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en: https://www.instagram.com/disabledandproudpodcast/?hl=en

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

KidsRunTings ,

Amazing

This podcast is everything brilliant. I hope it reaches so many Disabled and non-Disabled people because there is so much insight (and laughter) gained from these conversation. Thank you

Greensit18 ,

Let’s talk

I absolutely love this podcast and I can relate to so many of the topics within them. It would be great if as a ‘collective’ we could challenge some of the issues raised. Well done Brook for such a wonderful podcast xx

MollyMMP ,

Educational and inspirational!

This podcast is extremely interesting. It sparks confidence and inspiration in those who are disabled and provides awareness and knowledge to those who are not. It’s so great to hear people speak so openly about their disabilities and I think this podcast will be a great help to many people!

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