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One in five people in the UK have an impairment or long-term health condition

Despite this, disabled people or people living with a long-term health condition (LTHC) are less likely to be part of a sports club, group or organisation. 

How do we define disabled people and people with LTHC? 

Disability can be defined as ‘a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative impact on people’s ability to do normal daily activities’.

LTHCs are conditions that cannot, at present, be cured, but can be managed by medication and/or other treatments/therapies. 

It is important to recognise that not all impairments or LTHCs are visible but they can impact a person’s ability to be part of activities, participate or volunteer in sport and physical activity.

It's therefore important for organisations to understand people’s needs to support everyone to have a meaningful and positive experience. 

The importance and benefits of inclusivity

Everyone should be able to enjoy sport and physical.

As organisations that support the delivery of sport and physical activity it is important that you do as much as possible to make your offer as inclusive and accessible to everyone. 

Organisations have a legal requirement as set out in the Equality Act (2010) which requires them to make reasonable adjustments to their services and offer so that everyone has the opportunity to access them.

This doesn't, however, just mean making your facilities wheelchair-user friendly, but adapting the activities you offer so that anyone with an impairment or LTHC who wants to attend or be involved with your organisation can. 

There are a number of overarching benefits of being an inclusive organisation which have been explored in more detail on our page dedicated to creating an inclusive environment. 

Creating an inclusive environment