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Most Britons think others view disabled people “as inferior”

In Ableism, Disability, perception on June 26, 2009 at 10:19 pm

& June 2009
In an online survey of more than 2,000 adults by leading pollster ComRes for disability charity Scope, 53 per cent say they think most people in British society see disabled people as inferior.

In addition more than half (56 per cent) said they think disabled people are generally viewed as “victims” or “figures of pity” and 38 per cent say they are even seen as a “drain on resources”.
see here press release

and here the survey


Philosophy PhD position in Bioethics Within the project ENABLE – Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Health Care

In Ableism and its intersection with health ethics, care and policy on June 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Institute for Biomedical Ethics, Geneva University Medical School

PhD position in Bioethics

Within the
project ENABLE – Protecting
Vulnerable Persons in Health Care (supervisor: Samia Hurst), the Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the
University of Geneva Medical School is opening one
PhD position for a philosophy doctoral candidate. This project is
funded by
the Swiss National Science Foundation.
collaboration with the project
supervisor and within an interdisciplinary team, the successful
work will explore how vulnerability in health care can be defined
as well as sources of claims for protection of the vulnerable, how
they are, and what effect their validity may have on fairness in
allocation decisions. Projected duration for this position is four
Salary is according to the University of Geneva scale (A2
assistant, 70%, approx. 46’000 CHF per annum the first year). Within
this time
frame, the successful candidate will be expected to complete a PhD
thesis in
philosophy under the (co-)supervision of Bernard Baertschi,
on a
topic broadly within the area of normative ethics and/or applied
The ideal
candidate should have a
Master’s degree in philosophy or equivalent, including courses in
normative ethics, applied ethics, and/or political philosophy, and at
intermediate mastery of written English.

Please send
your CV, a writing
sample, and letter of motivation to:
Before: August
15th 2009
Any relevant
publications (max. two)
should be attached to the application and will be considered an asset.
will be held in

— Dr Samia Hurst Institut d’éthique biomédicale CMU/1 rue Michel Servet 1211 Genève 4 – Switzerland Tel: +4122-3793479 Fax: +4122-3793472 Blog: Homepage: SGBE-SSEB: