As part of the ongoing effort of the Bioethics Research Library to preserve and make accessible the history of the field of bioethics, we have digitized the entire run of Ethics and Intellectual Disability newsletters issued by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and are proud to make them available to students and scholars. These newly digitized newsletters offer researchers the ability to explore ethical issues surrounding intellectual disability from a many different perspectives.
In the Spring of 1995 the Network on Ethics and Intellectual Disabilities established a newsletter “to support the effort of those engaged in, or committed to, health care ethics who [were] concerned about the position of mentally handicapped persons in society.” The network which was associated with the International Association of Bioethics intended to, “stimulate [an] exchange of views and ideas among people from various backgrounds,” and intendeds to coordinate, “information on ethical, social, and legal developments regarding mental disability.”
In total eleven volumes were published consisting of two issues each. The last issue was published in the summer of 2008. Each newsletter contains articles, book reviews, literature bibliographies, case studies, important legal cases, as well as announcements of upcoming meetings and conferences. Each digitized issue is text-searchable allowing patrons to locate information quickly. The digital collection is permanently housed at Digital Georgetown, while the physical collection is maintained and preserved by the Archives of the Bioethics Research Library.
The original announcement for the establishment of the Network on Ethics and Intellectual Disabilities provides additional context on this collection.
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