ADI and DAI represented at 17th session of CRPD Committee

20 March 2017 – Phyllis Fehr, Board Member of Dementia Alliance International (DAI) and Vice Chair of the Ontario Dementia Advisory Group, will call for greater recognition of dementia on the first day of the 17th session of the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) today in Geneva.

The presentation coincides with a report on the implementation of the Convention by the Canadian government a month after a bill for the development of a national plan on dementia was introduced to the Senate.

Phyllis will attend the session of the committee alongside ADI consultant Nicole Batsch, following the joint call by ADI and DAI to strengthen the recognition of dementia as a disability at a side session to the 16th session of the Committee in August 2016.

Dementia affects 47 million people worldwide and is the leading case of disability and dependence among the elderly. Access to the CRPD is an essential right for people living with dementia, a severe mental and physical disability that affects daily life and results in the eventual loss of independence.

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