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The Best Movies, TV Shows, Books and Podcasts that Spotlight Disability Experiences

Did you know that July is officially marked as Disability Pride Month? From self-written success stories to classic movies that capture disability experiences—here are our top recommendations that can help you re-educate yourselves on ableism.

By Adarsh Soni
26 Jul 2021






Margarita With a Straw
The movie stars Kalki Koechlin as a teenager with cerebral palsy who relocates to New York for her undergraduate education and comes of age following her complex relationship with a visually impaired girl. The story deals with the challenging concepts of sexuality, inclusion, self-love, and self-acceptance. Margarita With A Straw premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and also won a National Film Award.

Available on: Netflix



The Miracle Worker

This movie follows the story of Helen Keller, a young girl who lost both her vision and hearing after having a severe fever as an infant, which causes her to go into violent rages. When her parents decide to send her to an institution, they enroll her in a school for the visually impaired. There, she meets a teacher who figures out a way to communicate with her. This movie shows viewers the importance of giving others a chance even if they experience life differently. Need another reason to watch it? Both Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke won Oscars for their respective roles.

Available on: Amazon Prime



The Good Doctor
The series explores the high-functioning Dr. Shaun Murphy, who is diagnosed with autism and has had a difficult childhood. The unthinkable happens when he suddenly surprises people in a train station after saving somebody’s life. After that, he gets hired as a surgeon at a big hospital and everything changes. At first, he’s underestimated by the other doctors until they realise he has savant syndrome, which gives him the gift of being exceptionally knowledgeable in the medical field.

Available on: Netflix


The Theory of Everything


Based on the life of Stephen Hawking, the story takes viewers on a journey through his adulthood. He attends college as an able-bodied student but suddenly develops a rare neurological disorder. As the story progresses, his muscles begin to stiffen, he becomes nonverbal and starts using a wheelchair. However, it doesn’t stop him from completing his research on the theory of a black hole and becoming an icon in the world of science along the process.


Available on: Netflix


The Accessible Stall

Hosted by Emily Ladau and Kyle Khachadurian, The Accessible Stall is an educational podcast about disability culture and ableism. It features casual conversations and friendly arguments about both light and heavy everyday disability topics, with two disabled best friends who often have different takes on disability issues. You might want to start with episode 87 that guides the listeners on disability etiquette.

Available on: Spotify








Power not Pity

power not pity

 Hosted by Bri M, Power not Pity centers and celebrates the lived experiences of a special group of people. People who dare to interrogate the dominant narrative of what survival feels like for a disabled person of colour during these trying times. They all demonstrate what it means to thrive fully and authentically while dismantling ableism and educating the listeners on important subjects.


 Available on: Spotify








Haben: The deafblind woman who conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma

Described by Oprah as the “millennial Helen Keller,” Haben Girma was the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law. Her parents’ refugee story inspired her to embark on a quest for knowledge, traveling the world in search of the secret to belonging. Her critically acclaimed autobiography takes readers through a variety of thrilling incidents. From climbing up an iceberg in Alaska to meeting President Obama at The White House—Haben has done it all. Warm, thoughtful, and uplifting, this memoir is a must-read.








mockingbird  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  Although the three children, Scout, Jem and Dill, are increasingly upset by the    community’s prejudice towards Tom Robinson, the African-American man         being defended by Scout’s father, they themselves exhibit a similar prejudice     towards their neighbour, a man with a learning disability. Hidden away behind   his front door, Boo Radley exerts a powerful hold over the children’s   imaginations until his own brief and dignified appearance takes centre stage   towards the end of the story. While the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel might not   be directly about the disability experience, it still manages to tackle the   complexity of disability issues with a strong sense of reality.




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