It is exciting to see how the latest scientific discoveries and technological developments are being used to cure physical afflictions. But in our enthusiasm, we might neglect to seek the views of the very people with the lived experiences of these conditions. Sometimes, the answer might not be so straightforward as a physical cure. How does this shift our responses?

You will hear three short recordings. In each recording, a speaker talks about his or her view on the use of an injectable drug used to treat achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.

  • Choose from the list (A-D) what each speaker says about the treatment of achondroplasia. There is one extra letter which you do not need to use. Do not use the same letter more than once.

    A. Achondroplasia does not need to be treated.
    B. The accompanying pains of dwarfism may be eased through the medical injections.
    C. The treatment is a controversial one.
    D. Scientists have developed a drug that aids bone growth for children with achondroplasia.

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