Activity Alliance Release Third Annual Disability and Activity Survey Research Report

Activity Alliance has released their findings from their latest Annual Disability and Activity Survey. Find out full details below, including where you can download the full report.

The national charity and leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity, Activity Alliance, has released their findings from their latest Annual Disability and Activity Survey. It shows slow progress in engaging more disabled people as we continue to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. Greater effort is needed now to tackle inequalities that affect disabled people, so that no one feels forgotten. Find out full details below.

Some of the key findings 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%).

Click here to find out about the key findings and download the survey and report in full. You can also access the report in several accessible communication formats on this page too.

This year, Activity Alliance have also created supporting videos for the recommendations from disabled people talking about their own lived experiences. You can watch these videos on this YouTube playlist.

Centre for Ageing Better releases age-positive image library

Find out all about the Picture Yourself Archive, a new image library depicting older and disabled people getting active which is free to use for journalists, organisations, and members of the public.

The Centre for Ageing Better has teamed up with Get Yourself Active at Disability Rights UK to launch “Picture Yourself Active”: a new, publicly accessible image library of over 300 photos depicting older and disabled people getting active to challenge pervasive negative stereotypes. Find out full details below.

The two organisations are making the bank of images available to encourage journalists, organisations, and society to move away from damaging unrepresentative imagery and embrace more realistic depictions of later life and disability.

Current imagery often patronises older and Disabled people, showing physical activity as a deviation from the norm, rather than an ordinary part of many people’s lives. By visibly showing that these activities are not an exceptional event or an afterthought, the organisations involved hope to create a positive shift in attitudes and an increased understanding of some of the barriers that exist today for such groups.

Alongside the release of the images, is a set of Dos and Don’ts for tips on capturing your own disability- and age-positive images.

You can access the library of photos below along with the terms of use guide. Age UK’s Brand Team recommends reading the terms of use guide before using these photos and advises crediting ‘Centre for Ageing Better’ when using them in case of any future requests for their removal.