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Physical Activity levels amongst disabled people are considerably lower than non-disabled people. In order to address this imbalance a number of organisations are researching the subject area:

Access for all: Inclusive Communications

This document provides advice on how develop your communications in order to reach more disabled people.

The document: Access for All: Inclusive Communications


Overcoming Barriers to Participation – British Blind Sport

The study explores how blind and partially sighted people overcome the barriers to participation to enjoy a lifetime of sport.

The document: Overcoming Barriers to Participation


Small Changes, Big Difference for Visually Impaired Women

The report is the first of its kind to explore how sport and physical activity affects the lives of visually impaired women. It looks in depth at their motivations and barriers to becoming more active, and the specific challenges visually impaired women can face when accessing sporting opportunities.

The report: Small Changes, Big Difference


Population of Disabled People and Sport Participation within Durham

The below graphs outline the number of disabled people within County Durham and participation levels. Data has been adapted from the EFDS Durham Factsheet.

Durham has a notably higher proportion of disabled people than the North East and England.

Whilst Durham, the North East and England have similar proportions of non-disabled people playing moderate intensity activity at least once a week, the levels of disabled people in Durham (14.2%) is noticeably lower than the North East (18%) and England (18.3%).

Nationally, around 7 in 10 disabled people do not take part in any sport, higher than the non-disabled people figure of 5 in 10.

Durham has considerably higher levels of disabled people who do not participate in any sport.

1 in 6 disabled people are members of sports clubs Nationally. The proportion of disabled people who are members in Durham (13%) is in line with the regional average (13%) but below the National average (16%).