Disability Symposium 2022


Online Webinar, CA

IHSP Disability Working Group Presents:

Disability Symposium 2022

March 18, 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Disability & Well-Being:
Theoretical and Applied Perspectives


New technologies, emergency situations, and scarce resources confront our policy-makers with hard questions and moral dilemmas concerning people with disabilities. An important factor in making decisions regarding how to best respond to disability needs and redistribute limited social resources is how the well-being or the quality of life of people with disabilities will be evaluated.

Testimony by disabled people concerning the relationship between their experiences and overall well-being has long been an object of social scientific and humanistic study. For instance, the “intuitive horribleness” of certain impaired states has often been contrasted with testimonial evidence suggesting that people in such states do not in fact experience their lives as horrible. Disability activists that engage with bioethical issues have claimed that the field regards their lives as having less value, and disability theorists have problematized assessments of well-being in end-of-life and crisis contexts.


Joel Michael Reynolds
Joel Michael Reynolds, PhD
Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Georgetown University

On The Very Concept of Disability


Joseph Stramondo
Joseph Stramondo, PhD
Dept of Philosophy
San Diego State University

(Dis)Valuing Disabled Lives in Times of Crisis


Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry
Prof. Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry, DPhil
Faculty of Law & IHSP
McGill University

Death as "Benefit" in the Context of Non-voluntary Euthanasia


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