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  • Disabled people in England

    There are 9.4 million disabled people in England, accounting for almost 17 per cent of the total population

    Source:
    Census 2011
  • Disability and age

    The prevalence of disability rises with age. In the UK 7 per cent of children are disabled, compared with 1 in 5 working age adults an almost 1 in 2 people over state pension age.

    Source:
    DWP Family Resources Survey, 2014-2015
  • Disability and gender

    There are more disabled women than Men. 56 per cent of disabled people are female, 44 per cent are male.

    Source:
    Sport England Mapping disability: The facts, 2016
  • Disability and region

    22 per cent of people in the North East are disabled, disability is most prevalent in this area. The largest population of disabled people is in the North West (15 per cent of disabled people)

    Source:
    Sport England Mapping disability: The facts, 2016
  • Disability and ethnicity

    It is estimated that around 1 in 10 disabled people in the UK are from BME backgrounds.

    Source:
    Over-looked communities, over-due change: how services can better support BME disabled people
  • Largest impairment groups

    The largest disability impairment groups in England are: people with long-term pain (54 per cent), people with long-term health conditions e.g. diabetes (47 per cent) and people with mobility impairments (36 per cent).

    Source:
    Sport England Mapping disability: The facts, 2016
  • Other impairment breakdowns

    1.41 people in England have a learning (intellectual) disability. 1.33 million people in England have a mental health condition. 960,000 people in England have a visual impairment. 870,000 people in England are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

    Source:
    Sport England Mapping disability: The facts, 2016
  • Multiple impairments

    Almost three quarters of disabled people have more than one type of impairment.

    Source:
    Sport England Mapping disability: The facts, 2016
  • Sport participation and disabled people

    16.8 per cent of disabled people take part in sport for 30 minutes once a week, compared to 39.9 per cent of non-disabled people.

    Source:
    Sport England Active People Survey 10, 2016
  • Inclusive sport

    Two thirds (64 per cent) of disabled people would prefer to take part in sport with both disabled and non-disabled people, currently only half (51 per cent) are doing so.

    Source:
    EFDS Lifestyle Survey, 2013
  • Non-Disabled People’s experiences

    Only 14 per cent of non-disabled people are aware of having previously taken part in sport with disabled people. However, almost three quarters (73 per cent) of non-disabled people say they are open to taking part in sport with disabled people.

    Source:
    EFDS Active Together: Non-Disabled People’s Attitudes, 2016
  • Perceptions about disabled people

    Two thirds (67 per cent) of people feel uncomfortable talking to a disabled person.

    Source:
    Scope current attitudes towards disabled people, 2014