NIH requests comments on DSM changes to “Autism”

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The National Institutes of Health has issued a request for public input from the “scientific community, health professionals, self-advocates and patient advocates” regarding recent changes to the diagnostic criteria for autism.

Responses will be accepted until May 12.

The latest edition of the influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, released in May 2013, merged Autistic Disorder, Asperger Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder into one disability, called Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Many disability advocacy have feared that the change could lead to reductions in necessary services for people with less severe forms of autism.

The NIH”s request comes less then a month after the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a federal advisory committee, released a policy statement echoing many of these concerns.

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