National disability charity, Sense, and the ukactive Research Institute have confirmed a three-year research project which seeks to better understand the challenges families and parents of disabled children experience in accessing physical activity.
The project will look at the obstacles, the motivations and the challenges of families being active together, as well as the access of provision, the impact on siblings with no disability, and if there are differences between education provision and community.
In a 2015 public inquiry by Sense, into the provision of play opportunities for children with complex disabilities, it discovered that 92% of parents felt their child did not have the same opportunities to play as their non-disabled peers. Plus, 81% of parents reported difficulties in accessing local play opportunities.
The up-incoming project will be divided into two phases: a consultation to understand the needs of families with disabled children; to inform the delivery and development of sport and physical activity sessions, family days and more.
The second phase will ensure ukactive’s Research Institute undertakes the evaluation and measurement of interventions that Sense provides for families with children who have complex disabilities and non-disabled siblings.
Head of Sport and Physical Activity at Sense, Alissa Ayling, said: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with ukactive and look forward to working together to learn more about the challenges faced by the families of children with complex disabilities.”
Senior Researcher at ukactive, Matthew Wade, said: “Our new partnership with Sense marks an exciting new chapter in our work to better understand the inequalities facing families with disabled children who want to be more active.”
The parents of disabled children are encouraged to give feedback on the challenges they experience when accessing sport and physical activity, by completing this online survey by Sunday 15 March.
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