Disability

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) recognizes and celebrates a person’s inherent value including differences in one’s physical, cognitive, or psychiatric functioning.   Individuals should be viewed holistically and not defined by others solely in terms of a single characteristic.  Technological advancements in genetics may potentially benefit individuals with disabilities; however, they may also cause harm or stigmatize.  Policies should be enacted around these technologies to ensure safeguards protect the rights of those with physical, cognitive, or psychiatric differences and their families.  NSGC supports inclusive and nondiscriminatory policies that protect the rights and autonomy of all individuals, provide all individuals the opportunity for self-determination, and respect diversity. (Adopted December 2017; replaces 2011 version)

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Genetic Testing of Children in the Adoption Process and Prenatal Testing for Adult-Onset Conditions Position Statement Revisions

Newborn Screening

Blood Spot Storage and Use

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