Dementia Alliance International introduces new Design Special Interest Group
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The Dementia Alliance International (DAI) Environmental Design Special Interest Group (ED-SiG) is dedicated to promoting design that respects the dignity, autonomy, independence and equality of opportunity for people living with dementia.

The aim of the DAI ED-SiG is to provide expert advice on design, and advocate for action by working together with global, regional and local partners. Currently, the group has 30 members from 4 continents – North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and is currently working to reach out to South America and Africa.

The members of this group will work together to focus on four of the recommendations in the World Alzheimer Report 2020, which are:

Recommendation 2: A call for more overt and considered inclusion of dementia-related design as a non-pharmacological intervention, to be included in national dementia plans, response to the WHO Global Action Plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025.

Recommendation 3: ADI, along partner Dementia Alliance International, and other advocacy groups, will work to give prominence to the arguments contained in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for the recognition of dementia as a disability, and the consequent need to apply design guidelines for people living with dementia similar to how design guidelines are provided for people living with physical disability.

Recommendation 4: A call to all educators about the need to include designing for people living with dementia in the curricula of schools of architecture and design.

Recommendation 7: ADI will encourage national dementia associations to better inform themselves about the available knowledge on designing for people living with dementia, consider its relevance to their contexts and priorities, and advocate for relevant knowledge to be implemented by planners, designers, architects, care operators and developers.

For more information about ED-SiG, visit the Alzheimer’s Disease International website where Dementia Alliance International (DAI) Board member and Project Lead Emily Ong introduces the group in a recent blog.


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