The Accessible Sports Survey

In March-April 2015 this site hosted an anonymous survey designed to collect data related to persons with disabilities and their interest in sports. Participants were recruited from various discussion lists related to accessibility and disability. The results of this survey are provided below.

Total # of participants: 75

Do you have one or more disabilities? If so, which disabilities?
Count %
Cognitive or learning disability 6 8.0
Deaf or hard of hearing 8 10.7
Head or brain injury 2 2.7
Mobility or physical impairment 11 14.7
Psychological disorder 5 6.7
Vision disability 60 80.0
Other 2 2.7
What assistive technologies do you use for accessing the computer?
Count %
None 12 16.0
Screen reader 61 81.3
Refreshable Braille device 24 32.0
Screen magnification 9 12.0
Speech recognition 4 5.3
Alternative input device 1 1.3
Other 3 4.0
How big a sports fan are you?
Count %
I love sports 51 68.0
I like sports 19 25.3
I'm indifferent about sports 2 2.7
I dislike sports 0 0.0
I hate sports 0 0.0
Which sports do you follow?
Count %
Major League Baseball (MLB) 61 81.3
National Basketball Association (NBA) 28 37.3
Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) 3 4.0
National Football League (NFL) 60 80.0
Canadian Football League (CFL) 11 14.7
Major League Soccer (MLS) 13 17.3
World Cup Football/Soccer (FIFA) 19 25.3
National Hockey League (NHL) 29 38.7
College Football 50 66.7
College Basketball (Men's) 51 68.0
College Basketball (Women's) 14 18.7
NASCAR 18 24.0
Other 15 20.0

NOTE: 61 of the 75 survey participants (81.3%) follow three or more of the twelve sports included in the survey. On average, survey participants selected 4.76 sports.

Which of the following do you consider your primary source for sports-related information? (ok to check more than one)
Count %
TV 40 53.3
Radio 54 72.0
Internet 55 73.3
Newspaper 12 16.0
Magazine 7 9.3
Friends or family 24 32.0
Other 2 2.7
Which of the following on-line sources do you use?
Count %
CBS Sports 31 41.3
ESPN 44 58.7
Fox Sports 11 14.7
NBC Sports 11 14.7
Yahoo! Sports 16 21.3
League website (for example, NCAA.com, NFL.com, NBA.com, MLB.com) 37 49.3
Team website 35 46.7
Other 5 6.7
Do you access sports-related information using a mobile device? If so, which platform?
Count %
None 19 25.3
Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch 48 64.0
Android 10 13.3
Nokia 2 2.7
Windows phone 2 2.7
Blackberry 1 1.3
Palm 1 1.3
Other 2 2.7
When is the last time you purchased sports-related merchandise?
Count %
5 or more years ago 21 28.0
2-5 years ago 6 8.0
1-2 years ago 9 12.0
Within last year 29 38.7
Within last month 9 12.0
How many college sports events have you attended in the last five years?
Count %
None 43 57.3
One 6 8.0
Two 6 8.0
3-5 6 8.0
6-10 8 10.7
10-19 1 1.3
More than 20 2 2.7
How many professional sports events have you attended in the last five years?
Count %
None 29 38.7
One 4 5.3
Two 5 6.7
3-5 16 21.3
6-10 10 13.3
10-19 3 4.0
More than 20 5 6.7
Where do you live?
Count %
United States 70 93.3
Canada 4 5.3
Mexico 0 0.0
Africa 0 0.0
Asia 1 1.3
Australia/Oceania 0 0.0
Europe 0 0.0
South America 0 0.0
What is your age?
Count %
Under 25 6 8.0
25-44 28 37.3
45-64 32 42.7
65+ 9 12.0
What is your employment status?
Count %
Working full time (more than 30 hours a week) 28 37.3
Working part-time (8-30 hours a week) 10 13.3
Student (full-time) 6 8.0
Temporarily unemployed (but actively seeking work) 9 12.0
Permanently unemployed 5 6.7
Retired 16 21.3

Any additional information you would like to share related to sports, accessibility, and disability?