Disabilities, People with
Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
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The International Encyclopedia of Ethics
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Wasserman, D. and Asch, A. 2013. Disabilities, People with. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .
- Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
People with disabilities are present everywhere, and increasingly visible in many spheres of public life. Yet there is much debate about what counts as a disability, and what difference disability makes in various contexts. This essay briefly reviews these questions to set the stage for discussing some of the main ethical issues concerning people with disabilities: the impact of disability on well-being; the relevance of disability for decisions about creating and extending lives, allocating scarce resources, and undertaking medical and surgical interventions; and the obligations of a just society to people with disabilities. Often, these issues involve conflicts between the perspectives of bioethics and disability scholarship.
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