The number of people with a disability visiting a sporting event has declined markedly.

According to a new report, ‘Value of Sport, Australia, 2013’ released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there has been a significant decrease in attendance at sporting events by both men and women.  In the ‘Survey of Disability and Carers’ (SDAC) attendance for men with a disability declined from 32 per cent to 29 per cent in 2009. The proportion of women with a disability attending sporting events declined from 23 per cent to 21 per cent in the same period. The only increase in attendance from five to nine per cent was from women with a profound core activity limitation.

The SDAC found that 24 per cent of people 18 years and over with a disability had attended at least one sporting event in the year prior to the interview.  A higher proportion of men with a disability, 29 per cent, compared with women with a disability, 21 per cent, had attended a sporting event.

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