The proposed changes to the way autism is diagnosed with the DSM 5 has sparked a lot of discussion in the online autism communities and elsewhere. A surge in the discussion came in response to a New York Times article New Definition of Autism Will Exclude Many, Study Suggests, in which the Times discussed preliminary results of a study by Prof. Volkmar of Yale.
The Times put the emphasis on reducing the “autism surge”, quoting Prof. Volkmar as saying “We would nip it in the bud”:
The new analysis, presented Thursday at a meeting of the Icelandic Medical Association, opens a debate about just how many people the proposed diagnosis would affect.
The changes would narrow the diagnosis so much that it could effectively end the autism surge, said Dr. Fred R. Volkmar, director of the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine and an author of the new analysis of the proposal. “We would nip it in the bud.”
The Yale Daily News has an article “Redefinition of autism sparks concerns” where they sought more dicussion from Prof. Volkmar:
“I think [the proposed revision] is a mistake,” Volkmar said. “It changes people’s eligibility for key services, and a lot of people expressed concern.”
He said the change would not only affect autistic patients’ access to medication and medical services, but also impact their eligibility for special schools. Volkmar also questioned the scientific validity of the decision.
You can read more about this story on the Yale Daily News website.