Currently, there are 19 primary categories and 91 subcategories for podcasts and disability is not included in any of these. Disability-themed podcasts are spread out into a variety of categories that do not exactly fit nor represent the content. Even in the primary categories of "Health & Fitness," disability is not an option amongst alternative health, fitness, medicine, nutrition, mental health, and sexuality. The lack of disability as a category or even a subcategory for podcasts mirrors a critical problem in our society - ableism.
Creating a podcast category for “disability” helps the disabled community in several ways:
1) it makes it easier to find podcasts relating to disability, therefore, more accessible to those who are searching them out 2) it helps disability podcast creators to be more discoverable to the demographic of people who are searching it out
Being disabled has historically been stigmatized and those within disabled community are working to change that. We are a large community - disability does not discriminate, it impacts every other identity factor: race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and socio-economic status. We deserve the ability to have convenient access to content that we can relate to, we deserve representation.
Will Spotify be the first to make this bold step for our community? I sure hope so.
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