Ethics and intellectual disability Academic Article uri icon


  • A shift in accepted practice regarding sharing research led one editor to discuss adopting a legal rather than a moral stance to enforce ethical standards. Familiar ethical concerns regarding consent and balancing individual rights against those of others are considered, alongside lacunae in the field, by drawing on virtue ethics. Reappraisals of quality of life, person-centered planning and normalization are discussed, concluding that developing ethical relationships with people who have intellectual disability takes precedence over client competency.

publication date

  • September 1999