The Center for Genetics and Society, the Disability Visibility Project, the Longmore Institute on Disability, and DREDF are proud to present:
A conversation on disability justice and human genetic engineering Monday February, 27th 1-2:30pmPT / 4-5:30pmET / 9-10:30pmGMT
Join us for a dynamic webinar
With speakers Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor of English, disability studies and bioethics Mia Mingus, disability and transformative justice organizer Tom Shakespeare, sociologist and bioethicist
New gene editing technologies could offer heightened control of the genes we pass on to our children. Their use for human reproduction would affect everyone, but the stakes are particularly high for people with disabilities, given the history of using technological developments to “get rid of” certain diseases and “fix” people with disabilities. While the disability community has been deeply engaged with end-of-life issues and prenatal genetic screening, we have had little discussion of the powerful new gene editing technologies that could alter future generations and societies, as well as cultural understandings of difference, health, and disability.
This accessible webinar will explore different perspectives on these new technologies and the ways that they may pose a threat to disabled people and disability justice.
Sponsored by Center for Genetics and Society Disability Visibility Project™ DREDF (Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund) Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability Accessibility: The webinar will have live captioning, and presenter slides will be audio described during the webinar. If you have any additional accommodations requests, please follow the registration link to let us know by 2/13.
Resources Background information, perspectives, and media on human genetic engineering
- Center for Genetics and Society resource page on human gene editing for reproduction
- Human gene editing: a timeline of CRISPR cover stories
- 5 reasons why we need people with disabilities in the CRISPR debates by Emily Beitiks