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  • Higher education

    Disabled people with no qualifications are twice as likely to be inactive as disabled people who have a higher education qualification (62 per cent vs 31 per cent). 

    Sport England, Active Lives Adult Survey November 2017-18
  • Employment and activity levels

    Disabled people who are unemployed are much more likely to be inactive than disabled people who are employed (41 per cent vs 26 per cent). 

    Sport England, Active Lives Adult Survey November 2017-2018
  • Disability benefits and activity

    Almost two thirds (65 per cent) of disabled people we spoke to said they rely on benefits to be active. Almost half (47 per cent) are fearful of losing their benefits if they are seen to be more active. More than half (55 per cent) said they were likely to be more active if benefits weren't at risk of being taken away. 

    Activity Alliance, The Activity Trap Report 2018
  • Disabled people and the internet

    Disabled people in England are less likely than non-disabled people to have accessed the internet in 2019 (78 per cent vs 95 per cent). 18 per cent of disabled adults had still never used the internet compared with 4 per cent of non-disabled adults. 

    Office of National Statistics, Internet Users 2019
  • Disabled people's participation

    Seven in ten (70 per cent) disabled people would like to be more active. 

    Activity Alliance, Disabled People's Lifestyle Survey 2013
  • Impairments and activity level

    Inactivity increases with the number of impairments an individual has. 51 per cent of people with three or more impairments are inactive compared to 31 per cent of people with one impairment. 

    Sport England, Active Lives Adult Survey November 2017-18
  • Disabled people in England

    There are 10.9 million disabled people in England, accounting for one in five of the total population. This is down from 11.5 million in 2016-17 but up from 9.9 million since 2013-14.

    DWP Family Resources Survey 2017-2018
  • Participation with disabled people

    In 2016, just 14 per cent of non-disabled people were aware of having previously taken part in sport with disabled people. However, almost three quarters (73 per cent) of non-disabled people said they were open to taking part in sport with disabled people. 

    Activity Alliance, Taking part with disabled people Report 2019
  • Disabled people's activity levels

    Disabled adults are twice as likely as non-disabled adults to be physically inactive (42 per cent vs 21 per cent). 

    Sport England, Active Lives Adult Survey November 2017-18
  • Disabled people's experiences

    In 2018, one in three (32 per cent) disabled people said that there is a lot of prejudice against disabled people in Britain. 

    Scope, Disability Perception Gap 2018
  • Social barriers

    In 2015, more than half (53 per cent) thought that as a disabled person there are more barriers to making and keeping friends. This rose to more than three quarters (77 per cent) for young disabled people aged 18-34.

    Sense, A right to friendship? Challenging the barriers to friendship for people with disabilities 2015
  • Disabled people in employment

    Between January and March 2019, more than 3.9 million disabled people were in work, but disabled people were more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. 8 per cent of disabled people were unemployed compared to 3 per cent of non-disabled people. 

    House of Commons, People with disabilities in employment May 2019