Gayle McPherson, Professor in Events and Cultural Policy, added: “Early work during the pandemic with athletes and recreational users has revealed that people with a disability have been more isolated, lonely and have participated less in physical activity due to Covid-19.
“They are also at a greater risk of mental and physical illness, meaning this next phase of the research is incredibly important.”
The platform has won the backing of elite athletes, such as Lewis McConnell and Canadian Paralympian Adam Purdy.
It also has the backing of para-swimmer Erin Swann.
She said: “It is vital that more is done to improve access to parasport, and this project is an important step forward as we look to do that.
“I’m delighted to be part of this project, and look forward to connecting with and hearing from others.”
The Observatory for Sport in Scotland, the Scottish think tank on sport policy, is also backing the platform, and is working in conjunction with Project Echo, sportscotland and Scottish Disability Sport to conduct a wider programme of research. This will examine sport participation in people with a disability.
Interested individuals can join the Project Echo research forum for free, and add their voice to a range of discussion topics.
Participants are also encouraged to start their own discussions on topics relevant to their experiences, and to participate in focus groups.
To find out more about Project Echo, visit: https://theechoproject.org/