18 episodes

Living as your authentic disabled self in an abled world isn't easy. Join disabled friends Shruti and Harper each week as they discuss their experiences and pursue living by the disabled standard—the radical opposite of the abled standard. Disabled or not, be sure to tune in for unfiltered conversations about what it's really like to be disabled today. From foundational disability topics like infantilization to current events like the pandemic to Shruti and Harper's own disabled joys like writing and community care, The Disabled Standard is an exploration of disability you won't want to miss.

The Disabled Standard Harper McKenzie and Shruti Rajkumar

    • Society & Culture
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Living as your authentic disabled self in an abled world isn't easy. Join disabled friends Shruti and Harper each week as they discuss their experiences and pursue living by the disabled standard—the radical opposite of the abled standard. Disabled or not, be sure to tune in for unfiltered conversations about what it's really like to be disabled today. From foundational disability topics like infantilization to current events like the pandemic to Shruti and Harper's own disabled joys like writing and community care, The Disabled Standard is an exploration of disability you won't want to miss.

    Ep. 18 - The Medicalization of Disability, Part 2: Diagnosis

    Ep. 18 - The Medicalization of Disability, Part 2: Diagnosis

    In this week’s part two on the medicalization of disability, Harper and Shruti discuss diagnosis. They dive into the difficulties disabled people often have getting diagnoses, the problems with the gatekeeping and lack of intersectionality within diagnostic systems, and the negative impact it all has on real-life people—especially those who go through it in childhood.

    Harper shares her four experiences of diagnosis—her elementary school dyslexia diagnosis, her ten-year journey towards a late autism diagnosis, her college arthritis diagnosis, and her current search for answers about her dysautonomia and chronic pain. Through these stories, Harper opens up about how growing up feeling like a mystery and not being believed has shaped her self-concept.

    Listen wherever you find your podcasts and follow on social media to keep to update on all things Disabled Standard.

    We will be going on a mid-season hiatus and new episodes will return Dec. 12.

    • 53 min
    Ep. 17 - The Medicalization of Disability, Part 1: Therapy

    Ep. 17 - The Medicalization of Disability, Part 1: Therapy

    Disability has a long, painful history of medicalization. In this two-parter, the Disabled Standard explores some of the ways medicalization affects the real life of disabled people in the modern day. In part one, Harper and Shruti discuss therapy, including the problems with the system, the importance of autonomy, and ways improvements can be made.

    Shruti shares their experiences with physical therapy and medical intervention as a physically disabled person of color. She discusses the impact childhood physical therapy has on her development and her agency, as well as her decision to stop physical therapy and her outlook on future therapies. Harper also shares her experience with language therapy at her specialized learning disability school, and how this therapy was done in a better, more disability-centered way than most interventions.

    Listen wherever you find your podcasts and stay tuned for part two: diagnosis.

    You can follow The Disabled Standard on Instagram @disabledstandard and on Twitter @disabledspod. Thank you for listening and supporting!

    • 54 min
    Ep. 16 - Access Needs 101

    Ep. 16 - Access Needs 101

    The Disabled Standard is getting back to basics with Access Needs 101. In this week's episode, Harper and Shruti talk through the definition, theory, and framework of access needs. 

    An access need is something a person needs in order to fully participate in an activity, group, or space. The term comes from disability justice and the field of disability studies, but everyone, disabled or not, has access needs. 

    From giving examples of access needs and breaking down the ongoing collaborative process necessary for meeting everyone’s access needs, Shruti and Harper explore access intimacy in education, the workplace, and beyond. They also tackle the concept of conflicting access needs and share their thoughts on how to balance the diverse set of access needs for the collective benefit of everyone.

    You can follow The Disabled Standard on Instagram @disabledstandard and on Twitter @disabledspod. Thank you for listening and supporting!

    • 50 min
    Ep. 15 - An Intersectional Analysis of The Big Bang Theory

    Ep. 15 - An Intersectional Analysis of The Big Bang Theory

    An episode about The Big Bang Theory?? Yup! In this Halloween special (that barely mentions Halloween) Shruti and Harper dive deep into an intersectional analysis of the notorious CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

    Harper discusses the well-recognized Autistic coding of Sheldon Cooper, and his very much not recognized aromantic asexual coding. Sheldon Cooper is a queer, disabled man. Harper is here to explain why and why it matters.

    Shruti examines the poor treatment Raj Koothrappali received as the show’s token character of color and its real-world impact. In discussing Raj’s role as the “unlucky in love hopeless romantic,” they discuss how Raj could have been—and maybe should have been—queer.

    As two people with complicated, long-term, love-hate relationships with The Big Bang Theory and some of the very identities the show represents—for better or worse, canon or not—Shruti and Harper have a lot to say.

    You can follow The Disabled Standard on Instagram @disabledstandard and on Twitter @disabledspod. Thank you for listening and supporting!

    • 51 min
    Ep. 14 - Intersectionality Part 2: Intersectionality In Social Movements

    Ep. 14 - Intersectionality Part 2: Intersectionality In Social Movements

    In this week’s part two on intersectionality, Harper and Shruti discuss the role intersectionality plays in social movements and community. They dive into why it’s vital to be cognizant of your intersecting identities and the intersecting identities of others as you interact, advocate, and work together for collective liberation—and how to do it. Spoiler alert: It takes intentionality and a rejection of individualistic thinking.

    Shruti and Harper also discuss the recent Lizzo song lyric controversy, how it brought the interaction of disability and Blackness to the forefront, and the complexities of racial intersections with disability. When is it time to speak up or step back to amplify others? What does it mean to do disability justice intersectionality from the start instead of band-aiding it in later? Why does healing play such a big role in intersectional justice work? What would it look like to center love, joy, and culture in activism and identity instead of oppression?

    Check out Shruti's NPR article on the Lizzo controversy: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/14/1104925003/lizzo-rerecords-grrrls-criticism-ableism

    Tune in to this week’s episode wherever you get your podcasts and join the conversation on social media!

    You can follow The Disabled Standard on Instagram @disabledstandard and on Twitter @disabledspod. Thank you for listening and supporting!

    • 47 min
    Ep. 13 - Intersectionality Part 1: What Intersectionality Means To Us

    Ep. 13 - Intersectionality Part 1: What Intersectionality Means To Us

    Welcome back for season 2 of The Disabled Standard! In this week’s episode, Shruti and Harper kick off the season with part one of their two-parter on intersectionality. After introducing the concept of intersectionality as coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, they dive into their own intersections and what intersectionality means to them.

    Shruti shares their experiences as a femme presenting demigender disabled person of color. She discusses how white queer people obscured their understanding of their gender, how she connections to womanhood through being a woman of color, and the ways disability can affect gender-affirming presentations and one’s comfort in their own body.

    Harper discusses her experiences as an autistic woman in the diagnostic process, the perceived issues with being both autistic and aromantic asexual that come from both communities, and how the intersections of different disabilities, particularly physical disabilities and neurodivergences, complicate things like community and medical care.

    Come back next week for part two where Harper and Shruti discuss intersectionality in social movement and beyond.

    Check out Kimberlé Crenshaw's TedTalk on intersectionality: https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

    Check out Shruti's article "I Am Not The Standard & That’s Okay" in the Intersectionalist Magazine: https://www.theintersectionalist.com/identity/i-am-not-the-standard-and-thats-okay

    You can follow The Disabled Standard on Instagram @disabledstandard and on Twitter @disabledspod. Thank you for listening and supporting!

    • 57 min

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