Lawyers and ethicists debate ashley treatment in open forum

WHAT: Sponsored by the University of Washington (UW) School of Law and the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, symposium attendees will discuss the ethical and policy implications of limiting growth in children with severe disabilities

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 from 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. Conference Welcome and Introduction to the Symposium
Paul Steven Miller, JD, Director, UW Disability Studies Program, Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law
Benjamin S. Wilfond, MD, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital

8:45 a.m. Historical Assumptions Underlying Growth Attenuation in Children with Severe Disabilities
Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami

9:15 a.m. A Conversation about the Seattle Children's Case
How did this request unfold and how did the disability community respond to the case?
Charles Cowen, MD, Genetics and Developmental Medicine, Seattle Children's Hospital (Moderator)
Doug Diekema, MD, MPH, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital
Emily Rogers, Arc of Washington
Corinna Fale, People First (Discussant)
David Woodrum, MD, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital (Discussant)

10:45 a.m. Philosophical Perspectives About Growth Attenuation
How do concepts such as normality, dignity, convenience, intervention and naturalness guide our evaluation of parental desires and requests to influence the growth of their children?
Joanne Woiak, PhD, Department of History, UW (Moderator)
Anita Silvers, PhD, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Erik Parens, PhD, The Hastings Center, Garrison, NY
Sara Goering, PhD, Department of Philosophy and Program on Values in Society, UW

1:30 p.m. Balancing Interests - Parental Decision-m

Contact: Jennifer Seymour
Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center of Seattle

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