New research finds disabled people feel forgotten about in sport and activity

Posted: Fri, 10 Jun 2022 10:07

New research finds disabled people feel forgotten about in sport and activity

The national charity and leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity, Activity Alliance, has released their latest Annual Disability and Activity Survey. It shows slow progress in engaging more disabled people after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greater effort is needed now to tackle inequalities that affect disabled people, so no one feels forgotten.

These findings are in line with Active Partners Trust's commitment to ensure "Resource and capacity is proportionally focussed on people and neighbourhoods experiencing the greatest inequality", and reafirms the aims set out in Making our Move - Our shared vision for Uniting the Movement in Notts and Derbyshire.

Key findings from Activity Alliance include:

  • Less than 3 in 10 disabled people feel encouraged to return to physical activity after the pandemic.
  • The pandemic has led to the support disabled people need to be active being less available, and an increase in barriers relating to health and finances.
  • Only 4 in 10 disabled people feel they can be as active as they want, in contrast to non-disabled people who are now more likely to say they can be as active as they want (62% to 69%).
  • There is a clear sense of disconnect with how disabled people actually feel, with less than half (47%) thinking that physical activity and exercise is for 'someone like me'. This is a significant decline from 57% in 2020 and when compared to 72% of non-disabled people believing activity is for them.
  • Disabled people are being left out as we return to activity and feeling less encouraged to be active. This is despite 8 in 10 wanting to be more so (compared to 51% of non-disabled people).
  • For those disabled people taking part in activity, they are having less positive and inclusive experiences since the pandemic. They are less likely than last year to feel activity leaders met their needs and included them and less likely than non-disabled people to say returning to activity was a positive experience (52% vs 70%).
  • There is a strong feeling among disabled people that the workforce at many levels doesn't understand disability and that spaces still aren't accessible.
  • 78% of disabled people say their impairment or condition stops them being active, often related to low awareness of suitable activities and fears about safety and risk.

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Tags: Activity Alliance, covid, disability