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AUTISM BEYOND PEDIATRICS: WHY BIOETHICISTS OUGHT TO RETHINK CONSENT IN LIGHT OF CHRONICITY AND GENETIC IDENTITY
Article first published online: 9 MAY 2012
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Volume 26, Issue 5, pages 236–241, June 2012
How to Cite
PERRY, A. (2012), AUTISM BEYOND PEDIATRICS: WHY BIOETHICISTS OUGHT TO RETHINK CONSENT IN LIGHT OF CHRONICITY AND GENETIC IDENTITY. Bioethics, 26: 236–241. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2011.01952.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 9 MAY 2012
Autism is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder that presents unique challenges to bioethicists. In particular, bioethicists ought to reconsider pediatric consent in light of disparity between beliefs that are held about the disorder by parents and adults with autism. The neurodiverse community ought to be given some consideration in this debate, and, as such, there may be a role for autistic narratives in clarifying this problem.