Disabled People's Lifestyle Report: September 2013

Published by EFDS
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A report looking into disabled people's lifestyles, interests and hobbies and tries to determine the extent to which sport and physical activity are part of their lives.

The report highlights key findings which impact the sport and physical activity sector. It provides guidance on how to improve, adapt and develop sport and physical activity interventions to make them more relevant and appealing to disabled people.

The research highlights some stark findings:

  • There is a clear untapped demand for sport and physical activity, with 70 per cent of those surveyed saying they want to do more.
  • 64 per cent of disabled people surveyed would prefer to take part in sport and physical activity with a mix of disabled and non-disabled people, however only 51 per cent currently do.  Therefore, the research  highlights a clear mismatch between preference and availability.
  • Over half of disabled people surveyed  (51 per cent) are not enjoying their experiences of sport in school, compared to 69 per cent enjoying taking part in sport or physical activity with friends outside of school.
  • Over 60 per cent of those surveyed claimed that either a lack of awareness of opportunities or a lack of available opportunities is what prevents them from taking part in sport and physical activity.