LONDON SPERM BANK BANS DONORS WITH NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS INCLUDING AUTISM

Parents of ASD children are most likely aware of the recent media stir caused by the London Sperm Bank in banning anyone with a neurological condition, including dyslexia, Asperger’s or autism to donate. Social media has erupted with disgust and campaigners, as well as those with living with the condition, have expressed their outrage.
Awareness of neurological disorders has gone stratospheric over the last two decades and now parents and professionals are very in tune with diagnosis and what someone with dyslexia or autism ‘looks like”. But the terminology is key, these conditions are still called disorders and presented as such. One of the UK’s leading speakers on autism, Dean Beadle  is one of the rare specialists focusing on the positives of this condition. In his presentation, Dean explains how he’s been always presented by a series of “can’ts” and here is where the issue lies. “Clearly information is vital when given a diagnosis and allows nearest and dearest to understand what they’re dealing with. Falling for a Disney-style “happily ever after” would be detrimental but presenting people with such diagnosis as inferior is not only morally wrong, it is factually incorrect. We all know people with these conditions that are perfectly able to function in the world, some of them even have dazzling careers.”
“And guess what, no one is good at everything. I’m terrible at sports and an even more pathetic singer, yet I still believe I can offer some form of contribution to society. It is also slightly patronising  from the London Sperm Bank to outright refuse donors without their clients being allowed to choose who they can pick because I’m pretty sure they don’t have THE perfect donor on their books.”