Disability and Culture
The Scottish Household Survey is the primary source for measuring both the attendance at, and participation rates for, cultural events and activities in Scotland.
The data is used to inform the Scotland Performs National Indicator to 'increase cultural engagement'; engagement is measured as the percentage of adults who have either attended or visited a cultural event or place or participated in an activity like reading or playing a musical instrument. In 2016, around 9 in 10 adults were culturally engaged in Scotland (92%).
People with disabilities or long-term health conditions reported lower levels of attendance at cultural events or places in 2016. SHS figures also show that attendance rates were much lower in adults who said that their health caused major reductions in their daily capacity.
Figures from SHS show that participation was lower in adults with a physical or mental health condition, particularly among those who said that their health caused major reductions in their daily capacity. When reading was excluded, the 2016 survey shows that participation for those with conditions with major reduced daily capacity was 38 per cent and, for those with no condition, it was 56 per cent. For those with minor reduced daily capacity, the participation rate was 51 per cent.
Source: Scottish Household Survey, 2016