This study aims to assess the perspectives of adults with autism on genetic testing in the prenatal and cancer settings. Current knowledge fails to address the autistic perspective regarding prenatal and cancer genetic testing. Prenatal genetic testing includes carrier screening, cell-free DNA screening, and diagnostic genetic testing. These tests are recommended to be offered to all pregnant patients. Cancer genetic testing is used to determine if there is a hereditary risk for developing certain cancers. This testing is most frequently offered to those who have a family or personal history of cancer, as well as some who have been recently diagnosed with cancer. Given their strong negative feelings towards genetic testing for autism, autistic individuals may have a unique perspective about prenatal and cancer genetic testing. The more genetic counselors and medical providers are aware and sensitive to the autistic community’s perspectives, the better they can provide care.
Organization: University of South Carolina