Map and Directions
The following event was originally scheduled for February but was postponed due to an unfortunate "update" in the webinar platform which created accessibility barriers. We are pleased to announce that it is now rescheduled & registration is open!
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.
Anita Cameron, Disability Rights Activist and Writer/Blogger
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor of English, disability studies and bioethics
Mia Mingus, disability and transformative justice organizer
Tom Shakespeare, sociologist and bioethicist
Welcome by Alice Wong
Moderated by Emily Smith Beitiks
Brief introductory presentation by Marcy Darnovsky
Conversation with a panel of speakers
Your questions and comments
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 4/10.
- 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