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  • 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). 

    Source:
    Sport England, Active Lives Adult Survey November 2017-18
  • 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. 

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

    Four in five (81 per cent) disabled people would like to be more active. 

    Source:
    Activity Alliance, Annual Disability and Activity Survey 2019-20
  • 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. 

    Source:
    Activity Alliance, Taking part with disabled people Report 2019
  • Opportunity to be active

    Only two in five (40 per cent) disabled people feel they are given the opportunity to be as active as they would like to be. 

    Source:
    Activity Alliance, Annual Disability and Activity Survey 2019-20
  • 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. 

    Source:
    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.

    Source:
    Sense, A right to friendship? Challenging the barriers to friendship for people with disabilities 2015
  • Age

    The prevalence of disability rises with age. In the UK, 8 per cent of children are disabled compared with 18 per cent of working age adults and 44 per cent of people over state pension age. 

    Source:
    DWP Family Resources Survey 2017-2018
  • Gender

    There are more disabled women than men. 22 per cent of women in the UK are disabled, compared 19 per cent of men.

    Source:
    DWP Family Resources Survey 2017-2018
  • Region

    Disability is most prevalent in the North of England. 25 per cent of people in the North East, and 23 per cent of people in the North West, and Yorkshire and the Humber are disabled. London has a lower prevalence at just 13 per cent. 

    For a full regional breakdown visit DWP website.

    Source:
    DWP Family Resources Survey 2017-2018
  • Largest impairment groups

    In 2009-2012, the largest impairment groups in England were 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 groups

    In 2009-2012, 1.41 million people in England had a learning (intellectual) disability. 1.33 million people had a mental health condition. 960,000 people had a visual impairment. 870,000 people were deaf or hard of hearing.

    Source:
    Sport England, Mapping Disability: The facts 2016