Academics from different disciplines come Head to Head in this series to tackle topical debates.
The debate about the pros and cons of genetically screening embryos is deeply entrenched. Perhaps we should let couples decide.
Thomas from St Roses School, Stroud, playing the Clarion, an instrument designed for people with learning disabilities.
And why the contribution of people with learning disabilities to the arts must be celebrated.
Hanging church courtyard tile mural showing holy family traveling.
Daniel Mayer (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons
Family is not a clearly defined structure in the story: It isn’t biological or reflective of some 'norm.' It is instead a choice to stick together, come what may.
Couples who are carriers of genes for recessive diseases don’t show any symptoms.
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Cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and fragile X syndrome are serious diseases, and most couples carrying the genetic mutations for these don't know it. Should they all be tested?
Autism has become a default consideration for any child who struggles socially, behaviourally, or with sensory stimuli.
There are several problems with the recently released guidelines for diagnosing autism. But the fundamental issue is that we're striving for diagnosis first, and help later.
Couples thinking about kids can be screened for genes that may cause disease in their offspring.
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Most of us will be carriers of recessive genes that cause disease. If our partner carries the same gene we could pass it on to our kids. Testing exists, but what are the pros and cons?
How a lack of sleep impacts a child's ability to learn.
About 3% of babies are born with birth defects, when there is a problem with how they develop in the womb.
We still don't know what's behind four out of every five birth defects. But that can change.
Sarah Kanake and her brother Charlie.
Characters with Down syndrome are extremely rare in novels and rarer still are stories written from their point of view. But people with disabilities have an equal right to belong in narrative fiction.
Much more needs to be done to tackle negative attitudes to people with a learning disability.
There is a double standard in public attitudes towards people with a learning disability.
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