November 1 - Following the London 2012 Paralympic Games, disabled people want to watch and try more inclusive sport while able-bodied people want to watch more sport for disabled people, according to a new report.
The report, which comes following research from the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) on the impact of London 2012, primarily identifies disabled people's desire to play more sport.
The research included a survey conducted from September 10 to 30 that asked respondents a range of London 2012 related questions.
More than 500 disabled and non-disabled people answered the survey, which found that the London 2012 Games, in particular the Paralympics, had a significant impact on people's perceptions and attitude toward disabled people in sport.
"The survey clearly demonstrates there is an overwhelming interest in sport for disabled people, and people are keen to watch and be more involved in it," said EFDS's research and insight manager Emma Spring.
"However, to fully realise the opportunity the Paralympics have provided and answer the public's desire for more, it will require more investment and promotion to support the demand.
"EFDS continue to draw from this and other insight to ensure disabled people's needs are identified and met."
The survey showed that both the Olympics and Paralympics raised awareness of the wide range of opportunities available for disabled people in sport.
It also had a positive impact on able-bodied people's perceptions of disabled people in general, any disabled person playing sport as well as elite disabled athletes.
The wider impact in sport meant it has encouraged people to look beyond the impairment and see the capabilities of disabled people in sport.
Out of the respondents, 95 per cent watched both Games and 96 per cent watched the Paralympics.
After watching the Games four out of ten respondents chose "Paralympians are inspirational role models too" as the main message.
Nine out of ten disabled people said they had considered watching disabled people in sport previously but the impact of the Paralympics on non-disabled people was significant, with eight out of ten now interested in watching disabled people in sport, compared to seven out of ten before the Paralympics.
The survey showed that non-disabled people were almost twice as likely as disabled.
Watching the Paralympics inspired seven out of ten people to consider attending sports events for disabled people as a spectator and eight out of ten disabled people are considering taking part in more sport or exercise.
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