We often here the expression, “What gets measured, gets done” Yet, we have a huge gap in understanding who, what and how many people with disabilities are involved in recreation and sport not just in Canada but more importantly in our urban centres. Past disability studies are outdated or miss entire segments of our population (ie, <15 year olds in the 2012 CDS). This is an issue for us when we are trying to establish baselines and participation rates among various age, gender, disability types and other segments.
In addition to the CDPP (Canadian Disability Participation Program) who are doing small sample studies in urban centres, we’d like to see Municipalities and local Public Health agencies provide this type of data to better inform future policy, programming and guidelines for community sport organizations and the agencies that support them.
Anyone know of any other sources that are comprehensive and current? Thanks in advance.