We gave a presentation at the Human Rights and Dementia International Conference 2015 on the 11th of September 2015 .
Enhancing the Social Environment of People Living with Dementia in Salford
The conference was hosted by the University of Salford’s Institute of Dementia. The presentation covered several things including:
(1) The significance of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(2) The challenges People Living With Dementia face &
(3) The work of the New Roots Partnership which is a partnership of social enterprises in Salford who are working to enhance the quality of the social environment of People Living With Dementia.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which came into force in 2008 sought to effect a paradigm shift. This shift was a move from a paternalistic view of disability in which people with disability were considered to objects of charity and social protection to a more enabling view in which people with disabilities were seen as subjects who were able to claim rights on their own behalf, by expressing themselves and making their own decisions about lives and their future. People with dementia have disabilities which have a substantial and long term effect upon their ability to fulfil their potential, manage their life independently and participate in social activities. This is often compounded by sources of excess disability such as negative stereotypes and stigma. To help them enjoy their right to life on an equal basis with those who do not have these disabilities it may be necessary to enhance their social environment. This presentation highlighted the work of the New Roots Partnership which is a partnership of social enterprises in Salford who are working to support the human rights of people with dementia by enhancing the quality of their social environment.