Pictured above: Helen Rochford-Brennan, Chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group, Colette Keller, ASI CEO, former President Mary Robinson, and John Clifford, Chairman of the ASI Board, at the launch of A Charter of Rights for People with Dementia on 7th April 2016.

In April 2016, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Irish Dementia Working Group published a charter highlighting the rights of people with dementia. A Charter of Rights for People with Dementia calls for greater participation, accountability, equality, empowerment, and legal recognition for the rights of people with dementia.

Launching the charter, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson said, "I hope that the launch of this charter will enable us all to see people with dementia in a new light, with the same human rights as all of us and with a voice that needs to be heard. It was a significant step to see the importance of using a human rights lens because that would empower those with dementia to be as involved as possible in addressing the challenges. That is what has happened and that is what this charter is all about."

You can download a copy of the charter here. This video features members of the Irish Dementia Working Group explaining why the charter is so important to them:

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