‘Wandering’ Diagnosis Gets Green Light

20 Jul

This from the good people at Disability Scoop: ‘Wandering’ Diagnosis Gets Green Light.

Starting this fall, wandering will be added to the list of descriptors doctors can use to diagnose individuals with autism, intellectual disability and other conditions.

The addition comes after a federal committee gave the final go-ahead on a proposal to make wandering a secondary classification that could be applied to individuals with developmental disabilities or other diagnoses.

The concept of a code for doctors to use as a classification for autistics and those with other conditions came to the forefront in the last year. The IACC held meetings on wandering and various autism groups pushed for, and against, adding the code to the ICD-9.

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One Response to “‘Wandering’ Diagnosis Gets Green Light”

  1. Astrid July 26, 2011 at 22:40 #

    Hmmm, I am not sure what to think of this. As someone who wanders, I can see in a way how it would add problems to a disability. But the label could easily be misuesed, too. And I don’t know what the consequences will be of this being oan off icial descriptor. Like, if people will be more easily put in locked homes if they have this descriptor.

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