So where do you start?
You may have local clubs or groups which have regular activities, which all the family can enjoy. If you already belong to a disability organisation, they may be running sports days.
Your local council will be able to tell you whether they have a particular officer (in the sports and leisure department) who can give you further informatuion.
There are 49 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) in England. These CSPs are networks of local agencies who work together to increase people taking part in sport and physical activity. The partners include sports organisations and their clubs, school sport partnerships, local authorities, sport and leisure facilities and primary care trusts. You can find your CSP by looking on the County Sports Partnership website.
If you're looking for local sports centres, Sport England have a designated website called 'Active Places' which tells you more about the facilities in your area.
There are disability sport organisations in each home nation (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) which can support you with more information. They all have websites which give you the latest news and developments.
If your child has a specific impairment (eg wheelchair user, celebral palsy, learning disability) there are national disability sports organisations (NDSOs) which specialise in sport for those impairment groups. They give support and information on equipment, coaching, events and funding sources. They can also tell you about regional contacts.
Depending on the sport, some have dedicated disability projects. Swimming, wheelchair basketball and football are just a few of the sports on offer.
By Sarah Marl