Friday, February 12, 2010

DSM-5 Update

I think adding Asperger's to the Autism Spectrum category is long overdue. After being in the field only 9 years (I am still a newbie) I can completely agree that there is more in common than not with autism and asperger's. I believe the grouping will get children more services and help raise awareness that autism is not a hopeless, untreatable disability, regardless of where you are on the spectrum. United in the deficits we share is more powerful and productive for practitioners, schools, and our communities. Autism is a spectrum disorder, there is no one-size-fits-all, and this decision will attest to that.

As far as Aspies are concerned, why can't Aspies still be considered Aspies, congregate as such and thrive in their communities as they always have been? Factions within the Autism community is here to stay! Unfortunately discrimination between these factions will continue as well. My hope is that one day groups will tolerate each other, recognizing our individuality as a faction and as our own unique people, in our own parking spot along the spectrum.

Go on over to the DSM-5 website and comment!

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