2008; 47), and “Disorder of Sex Development explains a child’s condition with neutral medical terms” (ISNA 2008; 69). ‘DSD’ is framed as a term that “labels a medical condition, not an identity” (ISNA 2008; 46). Additionally, it is stated, “‘DSD’ is a diagnosis, therefore knowledge from all medical fields apply” (ISNA 2008; 46). The terminology was brought into medical practice (to some degree) through the ‘Consensus Statement’ that resulted from the Chicago Conference organized by ISNA/Accord. ISNA/Accord is now focusing heavily on the promotion of the Consensus Statement’s implementation. An excerpt reads, “Since no institution has yet to fully implement the new standard of care it falls short of its aim to positively affect the lives of people with DSD and their families” (Accord Alliance). ISNA/Accord’s collaboration with members
of the them
medical community and desire to improve implementation have led
exclusively two target
of the previous ‘intersex’) The Clinical Guidelines
in two main texts for Management
it has produced for its of Disorders of Sex
Development in Childhood ISNA/Accord indicate that
and the Handbook for Parents4. These they have gained access and influence
activities pursued by in the medical realm
and are primarily concerned with reshaping medical approaches
to intersex and informing through ISNA/Accord’s
collaboration with medical practitioners in an attempt to focus more explicitly on
however, created conflicts with step forward but nonetheless
the other groups.
An excerpt from the AISSGUK site seems a significant advance on what
reads, “The has hitherto
overall structure of the scheme been available” (AISSG 2006).
are, however, also critiques presented. ‘disorder’ is bad news” (AISSG 2006),
Another excerpt reads, “The choice of the term adding that “the term doesn’t seem a very good fit
4 The Clinical Guidelines for Management of Disorders of Sex Development in Childhood and the Handbook for Parents can be found at: http://www.dsdguidelines.org/.