“Next spring the definition of Autism will officially change.
“That means a large number of people with forms of Autism may not qualify for a diagnosis.
“This will affect millions world wide including some in our own backyard….
“From housing to support groups, insurance that pays to assist people with Asperger's will be lost if the American Psychiatric Association dumps many classifications of Autism.
“And if the APA decides to follow through with the changes, parents fear their kids could go without.
"’There are many children on disability social security with Autism,’ said Julie Coy-Manier.”
Autism itself isn’t a crisis in this article and there no explanation given for why the APA is about to change the definition. The young artist shown here tells us, “I consider my autism a gift.” The change will cut out coverage and services and that’s the focus here. There was no place for comments.
Two days ago I was at an IEP for an autistic student I work with
and I talked to the school psychologist and the special ed teacher about the
DSM 5. I asked what the changes would mean for kids who are high functioning. I
was assured that they will keep their education diagnosis.
So as far as the school is concerned, a child will still be considered autistic but they won’t have a medical diagnosis any longer. Imagine the confusion.