A Strategy to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities 2012-2015
Addressing their responsibility to deliver the commitments in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities this policy was also informed by the recommendations of the Promoting Social Inclusion (PSI) Working Group’s report on Disability. The strategy addresses a series of cross cutting themes (e.g. participation and active citizenship, awareness raising, independent living/choice and control).
While dementia is not referred to specifically, the theme addressing transition from adulthood to later life recognises that many areas of public service do not distinguish between growing old and acquiring a disability and that the prevalence of disability in those aged between 60 and 74 is four times that in those aged between 26 and 44 (Northern Ireland Survey of people with Activity Limitations (NISALD)). The strategy argues that older people with disabilities should be supported in addressing their needs so that they have the same opportunities as older people who do not have a disability.