August 23, 2012 1 Comment
New data has recently become available regarding individuals with disabilities living in the US. According to the 2010 US Census Bureau survey, there are approximately 57 million Americans with some form of disability. This includes 19 percent of the total US population. In other words, almost 1 in 5 U.S. residents has a disability. These numbers are slightly up from the last released figures from the Census Bureau.
Given the prevalence, it makes the work of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf more valuable than ever. Using inclusive programming individuals with disabilities can be intergrated into the fabric of their community.
According to a study conducted by the National Center on Accessibility at Indiana University in cooperation with Clemson University:
- 10 percent of persons with some disability now play golf.
- 22 percent of those with disabilities played golf before incurring their disability, but are not playing now.
- 35 percent of individuals with disabilities are currently not playing golf, but are interested in learning.
The study identified key factors for why those 35 percent of the people with disabilities would like to, but were not playing golf, and found that:
- 33 percent felt uncomfortable about playing in front of others.
- 31 percent believed that the course staff did not know how to assist them.
- 36 percent said that they needed a better understanding of the fundamentals of golf.
- 38 percent stated a need for lessons specific to their disability.
If you have not considered it, join the Friends of the Alliance and support our efforts to educate the industry and connect individuals with disabilities with the game of golf. Visit http://www.accessgolf.org/friends/index.cfm for more information.