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Summary: Disability and Culture

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


Useful Links

Disability Page

Culture Page

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards achievement of the National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’.

National Indicator number 39: Widen use of the internet, data table

National Indicator number 41: Increase cultural engagement, data table

- progress against these National Indicators, broken down by Disability, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Publications and Outputs



The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data.

Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.

External Links

External Links

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Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Creative Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland

Historic Scotland






Culture Analysis

Communities Analytical Services 

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