Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
© 2018 Emma A Snyder
Down syndrome, or Trisomy 21, is the most commonly occurring genetic condition, and yet there exists a great deal of misinformation and misconception about the lived experience and value of Down syndrome in society. Its construction as a disability is deeply intertwined with racist rhetoric and, despite changes in language, this construction of Down syndrome as a racialized disability category has immense implications in clinical and prenatal genetic counseling settings. This thesis seeks to examine the past and present of Down syndrome in conversation with reproductive justice, disability justice, and the current norms of practice in genetic counseling. In doing so, this thesis makes recommendations towards a disability-centered and actively counter-eugenic genetic counseling practice.
Snyder, Emma, "The Precarious Present and Feminist Futures: Toward a Disability-Centered Genetic Counseling Practice" (2018). Scripps Senior Theses. 1215.
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