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New report shows more needs to be done to reduce disabled people’s inactivity!

Posted: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:00

New report shows more needs to be done  to reduce disabled people’s inactivity!

Four in five disabled people want to be more active but demand is not being met. Only two in five feel they are given the opportunity to be as active as they would like to be. Worryingly, this level of inequality is resulting in a more negative experience, including social isolation for many disabled people. The findings come from a ground-breaking report released by Activity Alliance today, involving more than 2000 respondents.

Activity Alliance's Annual Disability and Activity Survey is supported by Sport England. It gives an in-depth comparison of disabled and non-disabled adults' experiences of sport and activity.

Key findings include:

  • Four in five (81%) disabled adults want to do more activity than they currently do compared with fewer than three in five (57%) non-disabled people.
  • Just four in 10 (40%) disabled people feel they are given the opportunity to be as active as they would like to be compared with seven in 10 (71%) non-disabled people.
  • Disabled people are half as likely as non-disabled people to agree that 'sport'is for someone like them (32% vs 63%).
  • Seven in ten disabled people are motivated to be active to improve or maintain their physical health.
  • Two in five (41%) disabled people said a fear of losing benefits prevents them from trying to be more active.
  • Two in three (67%) disabled people said they would listen to GPs, doctors and nurses about taking part in activity.

Statistics continue to show disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people.
The report concludes with three recommendations for sport, health and other sectors to work towards:

  1. To address the wider determinants of inactivity
  2. Design and lead a choice of accessible activities
  3. Challenge perceptions through inclusive and accessible communications

The findings cover seven topics:
From wellbeing and the perceptions of disability sport to the barriers and the benefits of financial assistance.

Read More about the findings HERE

You can download the reports and detailed recommendations on the Activity Alliance website.

Previous research 'The Activity Trap: Disabled people's fear of being active',

New report shows more needs to be done  to reduce disabled people’s inactivity!

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