A Conversation on Disability Justice and Human Genetic Engineering

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

A flyer reads: A conversation on disability justice and human engineering. Portraits of the panelists for the discussion are featured. (From left to right): Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Mia Mingus, and Tom Shakespeare. Logos for the sponsoring bodies are included below the pictures. Join us for a dynamic webinar

Register here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1f3ba1bb49b59119cde7dc3c8da9331e

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.

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

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.

ResourcesBackground information, perspectives, and media on human genetic engineering