IMAS is at the forefront of a global movement challenging the orthodoxy of grassroots sport provision. We campaign to break down the barriers which prevent people from joining mainstream clubs, teams or activities.
IMAS notes the publication of The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme Annual Report (LeDeR-annual-report-2016-2017-Final-6.pdf) 4th May 2018.
The persistent and severe health inequalities experienced by people with Learning Disabilities is more than a cause for concern. Poor health outcomes for those with Learning Disabilities have been recognised for at least a decade.
The LeDeR report contains some helpful recommendations but has done little to identify and address the multiple underlying causes of these shocking health inequalities.
IMAS supports the recommendation that all health and social care workers should have disability awareness training. IMAS have trained over 500 health and social care workers using workshops designed, produced and delivered by disabled trainers.
IMAS has first-hand experience of the barriers faced by people with disability accessing sports and physical activity. IMAS is working with participants, community sports clubs and National Governing Bodies to break down barriers to inclusion .
IMAS believes that, alongside the other determinants of health and well-being such as housing, employment, social support and interaction, access to sports and exercise is crucial to addressing the health inequalities gap.
Sport and exercise improves physical health, improves mental health and builds social capital and belonging. IMAS encourages health and social care organisations to become signatories to the IMAS Manifesto.