Changing the Definition of Autism

There is some controversy right now in the US, as can be seen clearly from this New York Times report:

New York Times Article – Autism

It stems from the first review in 17years of the DSM – the diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – considered to be the definitive word on what does or does not qualify as a mental disorder. This has implications outside as well as in the US, as it has been the tendency to look to DSM as a guide in many countries.

The biggest reason this matters is when it impacts upon welfare benefits and/ or entitlement to services. It’s going to be interesting to see how the debate is resolved.


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