Annual Disability and Activity Survey Released
Posted: Mon, 15 Aug 2022 15:15
Annual Disability and Activity Survey 2021-22
Now in its third year, our Annual Disability and Activity Survey continues to track disabled people's perceptions and experience of sport and activity. Last year, we showed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled people's lives and their ability to be active. This year's survey gives an indication of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as we recover and reinvent from the pandemic.
Activity Alliance's annual survey complements Sport England's Active Lives Adult Survey. It provides greater detail on issues of importance to disabled people in sport and activity.
Evidence from 2020-21 survey shows disabled people's lives have been the hardest hit by COVID-19. Insight shows how the pandemic has not only widened existing inequalities for disabled people but created new ones too.
- 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 them'. 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.
As a result of this research, the Activity Alliance have put together four recommendations with disabled people. They outline the changes leaders, commissioners and organisations must make urgently to achieve greater fairness in sport and activity. They are split into four key themes:
- 'Involve me as we recover from the pandemic
- 'Support me to feel like being active is for someone like me'
- 'Your workforce can make it a better experience for me'
- 'Involve the health professionals I trust the most'
Read the report by clicking the attachment below, or visit the Activity Alliance website for more information.