The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) commissioned Chrysalis Research to carry out research on behalf of national disability sports organisations (NDSOs). The aim of this study was to understand the decline in disabled young people’s participation in sport and physical activity during the transition from compulsory education to adulthood.

We conducted interviews with 57 disabled young people with the following impairment groups represented:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Restricted growth
  • Limb loss
  • Wheelchair users

Our research gave EFDS and NDSOs a better understanding of the factors that influence disabled young people’s levels of engagement with sport and physical activity. We were also able to recommend a series of strategies that different stakeholder groups could use to support disabled young people to continue doing sport after compulsory education. The research report can be accessed here:

http://www.efds.co.uk/resources/research/4765_active_beyond_education