Friday, May 25, 2012

ASAN Talking Points on DSM-5 | Autistic Self Advocacy Network

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The final public commenting period is now open for the upcoming fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which provides the diagnostic criteria for many conditions, including developmental disabilities. The proposed changes include a revised definition of autism that will combine several existing diagnostic categories into one unified autism spectrum category. Visit the DSM-5 public comment announcement page on the APA website to learn more about the proposed revisions to the manual and how to submit your comments on them. Comments will be accepted through June 15, 2012. To comment, you need to register on the DSM-5 web site, login and then navigate to the ASD draft criteria page to submit your comments.
Earlier this year, ASAN and the Autism Society of America issued a joint statement discussing the proposed changes. Many people in our community have expressed concern about ensuring that the unified definition of autism remains broad enough to include anyone who would have received a diagnosis under the old criteria. 
As such, ASAN encourages members of our community, along with allies, to submit comments on the proposed revisions to the definition of autism in the DSM-5. Here are some ideas to consider including in your public comment:


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