DAA member English Federation of Disability Sports (EFDS) has published a report today which shows that eight in ten supporters state they have some level of influence in encouraging disabled people to be active. Supporting me to be active, created by the EFDS highlights the important role those who support disabled people play, whether in a professional or personal capacity.
EFDS research has shown that many disabled people often have smaller social networks, who they rely on for day-to-day support. The report collates discussions with those who regularly support disabled people, to understand their views in more depth. These are the friends, family, and professionally paid support. The people in these networks can play a significant role in encouraging more disabled people to be active. You can read the full report (PDF) here.
EFDS chair the DAA Sports and physical activity project , which seeks to improve engagement between disabled people and sport and physical activity providers, which will lead to increased opportunities for participation. Information on the project can be found here on the project page.
You can also follow the conversation on twitter with #SupportingActiveLives as well as via @DISactAll