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Nanotechnology: Ethics and Society (Perspectives in Nanotechnology) (Paperback)

In Ableism, Disability on May 15, 2008 at 12:40 am

Nanotechnology: Ethics and Society (Perspectives in Nanotechnology) (Paperback)
by Deb Bennett-Woods (Author)
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I have a little piece in there called “Nanoscale sciences and technology and the framework of Ableism:”

What sort of law: Canadian Court of Appeal rejects airlines’ challenge to one-person, one-fare policy

In Disability, Law and public policy on May 14, 2008 at 3:09 am

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 | 12:08 PM ET Comments37Recommend41
CBC News

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities is hailing a recent Federal Court of Appeal ruling that rejected a bid by Air Canada and WestJet challenging the one-person, one-fare policy. The airlines had argued charging a single fare to disabled passengers and their attendents would be a financial hardship. The court rejected their appeal in a ruling handed down on May 5. Pat Danforth, chair of council’s transportation committee, says the ruling will bring air travel in line with other modes of transportation in Canada.

“It [will] allow them to travel at no cost,” Danforth said. “It’s the same kind of policy that is already in place with rail and interprovincial busing where if you require an attendant in order to travel, then that cost is covered. ”

The airlines now have one year to comply with the ruling. In January, Read the rest of this entry »

What Sorts of Laws? Finding the Gaps

In Disability, Ethics, Law and public policy on May 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force on May 3, 2008. In order to clarify the potential impact of that Convention’s articles, the National Council on Disability (NCD) is pleased to release: Finding the Gaps: A Comparative Analysis of Disability Laws in the United States to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This independent analysis was commissioned by NCD to help increase understanding of how the CRPD varies from, or is consistent with, U.S. disability laws. We hope that it will prove to be a useful tool as those responsible for determining public policy on possible support or ratification of this treaty grapple with the relative merits of that choice.
The document can be found here .

HTML and PDF formats will be posted shortly over here .

What sorts of people in the Chronicle of Higher Education

In Disability, Ethics, Law and public policy, NBICS on May 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Genetic, And Moral, Enhancement online here From the issue dated May 16, 2008

Years of Toil in the Lab Yield a New Field online here From the issue dated May 16, 2008

Medical Genetics Is Not Eugenics online here From the issue dated May 16, 2008


In General on May 10, 2008 at 11:41 pm

In this recent ad, which you can also view here, Puma makes use of speed legs to get its message across.  Here fact, fiction, and fantasy blend to get “you” (and who are you here?) to buy Puma shoes.  Now.  People like Oscar Pistorius use these kinds of legs to compete at elite levels.  What gives the image here its appeal, and to whom?

What Sorts of treatment for as impaired classified people?

In Disability, General, Law and public policy on May 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm

The United Nations convention on rights of persons with disabilities entered into force, 3 may 2008 after it surpassed the threshold of ratification by 20 countries. Now one has to see how the convention is used and what sort of difference it makes more info available here

What sorts of athletes should there be?

In NBICS, Peer Reviewed Papers on May 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm

This What sorts question many thought they had figured out is increasingly up for grasp again in all kind of areas. Athletes are one of them.  Who is an Olympic athlete?  Who is a Paralympic athlete? Who is….?  As a contribution to this discourse I wrote the article below.  It is an open access journal, so feel free to download the paper and of course any comment are welcome here or to me directly.

in SCRIPT-ed – A Journal of Law, Technology & Society

Oscar Pistorius and the Future Nature of Olympic, Paralympic and Other Sports
Gregor Wolbring, pp.139-160
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Oscar Pistorius is a Paralympic bionic leg runner and record holder in the 100, 200, and 400 meters who wants to compete in the Olympics. This paper provides an analysis of a) his case; b) the impact of his case on the Olympics, the Paralympics and other –lympics and the relationships between the –lympics; c) the impact on other international and national sports; d) the applicability of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. It situates the evaluation of the Pistorius case within the broader doping discourse and the reality that new and emerging science and technology products increasingly generate internal and external human bodily enhancements that go beyond the species-typical, enabling more and more a culture of increasing demand for, and acceptance of modifications of the human body (structure, function, abilities) beyond its species-typical boundaries and the emergence of new social concepts such as transhumanism and the transhumanisation of ableism.