Half of children with disabilities don’t feel comfortable taking part in sports

One in two (50%) parents in Britain with a child with disabilities aged 4 to 18 say their child doesn’t feel comfortable taking part in sports with other children, according to a report released by Variety.

The charity’s report Sporting opportunities for children with disabilities: Is there a level playing field? analyses data from 137 parents of children with a disability and 97 staff at schools who collectively work with over 9,500 children with disabilities. The report found that children with disabilities have fewer opportunities to participate in sports – both in social and school environments. Just one in five (19%) surveyed say their child plays sports with their friends. Fewer than one in 10 (9%) say their child takes part in sport through to a specialist club.

The report identified two major barriers to children with disabilities taking part in sport. First and foremost was social stigma. Over a third (36%) of parents reported that their child had experienced negative social attitudes to their health problem or disability in relation to sport.

The second major barrier was costs. Four out of five (76%) Special Educational Needs schools surveyed said facilities or equipment were a barrier to children participating in sports, whilst two-thirds (66%) of mainstream schools said transportation was a barrier.

To find out more click here; https://www.variety.org.uk/news/2017/07/level-playing-field

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