2016 Conference – Autism Re-Examined: Ethical Challenges in Care, Support, Research and Inclusion

July 22–23, 2016, Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, Washington

As the prevalence of autism has increased in recent decades, there is an emerging recognition of the needs of pediatric patients and their families regarding diagnosis, treatment and support. A corresponding explosion in research has yielded insights into etiology, co-morbid conditions and treatment. Together, these developments raise a number of ethical challenges for individuals with autism, families, educators and clinicians. This conference will explore these challenges and examine some of the ethical issues associated with autism, focusing on pediatric contexts.

  • How have changes in the way we understand autism over time influenced ethical issues in diagnosis and treatment?
  • How and why do health disparities occur in diagnosis, treatment and support, and what are the impacts? How can we reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities?
  • How can we incorporate knowledge of cross-cultural differences to provide better care for children with autism and their families?
  • What are the ethical challenges in the transition from adolescence to adulthood? How can they be addressed?
  • What are some of the ethical issues in autism research? How can research findings result in more effective care and support for children with autism?

Seattle Children’s Pediatric Bioethics Conference has earned a global reputation for excellence, bringing together keen minds and divergent perspectives. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a rewarding and educational experience.

Conference Planning Committee

  • Chair: Holly Tabor, PhD
  • Raphael Bernier, PhD
  • Katrina Davis, BA
  • Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH
  • Annette Estes, PhD
  • Kathy Fennell, RN, MPH, MBA
  • Arzu Forough, BA, BS
  • Jennifer Gerdts, PhD
  • Kathie Kohorn, MA
  • James Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Patricia Scott, MD, FAAP
  • Ivanova Smith, BA
  • Benjamin Wilfond, MD