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AUTISM BEYOND PEDIATRICS: WHY BIOETHICISTS OUGHT TO RETHINK CONSENT IN LIGHT OF CHRONICITY AND GENETIC IDENTITY

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Ms Alexandra Perry, Bergen Community College – Philosophy, 403 Meadowlands 1282 Wall Street West, Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071, USA. E-mail: APerry@bergen.edu or Alexandraperry1@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

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.

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