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Being Active: A guide for people with impairments or health conditions

December 8, 2014

The Guide talks directly to disabled people. It gives inactive disabled people access to relevant information, so they have control over where, what and how they can start being active.

Research shows that most disabled people are not as active as they would like to be. According to Sport England’s Active People Survey four out of five disabled people take little or no exercise. But that is not because disabled people do not want to be active. In the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) Lifestyle Report released in 2013, it found that seven in ten disabled people want to increase their physical activity.

Disability Rights UK teamed up with EFDS to ensure the guide reaches more disabled people across the country. In the concise, reader-friendly publication, it gives a feel for the endless choices available when thinking about the possibilities.

Being Active has been produced by and for people with lived experience of disability or health conditions. They include, Chris Ratcliffe, EFDS’s Director of Development. Ahead of the reveal, Chris said:

“We’re proud to release Being Active in time for such a notable day for disabled people. Inactive disabled people have individual reasons why their experiences have meant they have stopped doing, do not want to or feel they can not access sport or physical activity. This guide is fantastic because it doesn’t supply endless pages of links, opportunities or reasons why disabled people should be active. It provides a range of ideas and tips for leading a healthier lifestyle.”

Liz Sayce, Disability Right UK’s Chief Executive, said:

“Disability Rights UK is delighted to be part of this initiative to let more and more people living with disability or health conditions know their rights to be active. There are lots of opportunities and we think disabled people should have an equal change to take them up. This guide should help and we will be disseminating it widely.”

The Being Active guide is free and available in accessible PDF and EasyRead formats through the links below:

Accessible PDF version

EasyRead version - EFDS website