Conference: Autism, Ethics and Society

28th June, 2010
University College London -
 Anatomy J.Z. Young Lecture Theatre
, Gower Street, 

Sponsored by: 
, Institute of Education Centre for Research in Autism and Education
UCL, and Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health

This one-day conference will consider the follow issues:

1. What specific concerns are those outside the scientific community likely to have about the new scientific discoveries in autism?

2. How should society respond to the potential discoveries in the genetics of autism? Specifically, should research efforts focus on “curing” or “preventing” autism or on means of ameliorating the difficulties that confront those living with autism?

3. How should new scientific discoveries inform public policy, especially in light of the new Autism Act (2009) and Adult Autism Strategy?

4. How can people with autism be more directly involved in both the genesis of scientific research and in shaping its social implications?

Speakers include:

Professor Jonathan Wolff, Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health, University College London
Dr Wendy Lawson, autism activist
Dr Marc Stears, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge
Mr Sandy Starr, Progress Educational Trust
Anthony Bailey, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
Ms Virginia Bovell, autism, ethics and education specialist
Professor Tony Charman, Centre for Research in Autism and Education, Institute of Education
Professor Richard Ashcroft, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
Mr Larry Arnold, autism activist
Professor Laurent Mottron, Hopital Riviere-des-Prairies, Montreal

Further details here.
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