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Disability, Biotechnology, and the Right to Exist

January 29, 2010

Disability, Biotechnology, and the Right to Exist

This lecture will examine the issues surrounding pre-natal testing and termination of fetuses thought to carry disability related traits. After addressing the current state of the technology and its impact, this lecture considers the arguments used to support the use of such technology and the arguments put forward by the disability community in opposition. Finally, consideration is given to what, if anything, can be done to limit the growth of such technology and the elimination of persons who carry traits that are targeted by such tests.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Tim Stainton
Professor, School of Social Work, UBC
Director of the Centre for Inclusion
and Citizenship

Professor, School of Social Work, UBC Director of the Centre for Inclusion & Citizenship Tim Stainton received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1992. He is author of numerous works on disability rights, individualized funding, history, ethics and theory. He is principal investigator on the multi-year Community Living Research Project and a board member of the Canadian and the British Columbia Association for Community Living.

Materials

Promotional poster

Presentation Location

Room 139, Fipke Building, University of British Columbia Okanagan

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