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Choosing Down Syndrome: Why More People Should Choose to Have Children with Down Syndrome

Posted by nte on March 19, 2018 in Cafes
Image courtesy of MIT Press
Image courtesy of MIT Press
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Café Scientifique
Mon. 19 March 2018 (7:00PM-8:45PM)
The Nook2118 Gottingen St, Halifax
Come early. Seating is limited. No reservations.
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Summary

Drawing on his forthcoming book, Choosing Down Syndrome: Ethics and New Prenatal Testing Technologies, bioethicist Chris Kaposy will discuss the benefits that families enjoy when they bring children with Down syndrome into the world. Parents of children with Down syndrome have written extensively about their experiences, and social science research shows that people with Down syndrome typically have high levels of well-being, and that their families function well. These sources show that bringing a child with Down syndrome into the world can be positively transformative.

Biosketch

Chris Kaposy is an Associate Professor of Bioethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has research interests in cognitive disability and bioethics. Dr. Kaposy is also a clinical ethicist with the Provincial Health Ethics Network of NL.