Autism Speaks wants to ensure that all who need autism services continue to receive them; please take our survey...
May 2013 brought the long-anticipated publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Clinicians use the DSM to diagnose mental health conditions including autism. (For more background, see Autism Speaks “DSM-5 News and Updates.”)
The DSM-5 brings three major changes in the way doctors and therapists diagnose ASD in the United States:
Last year, the results of the first DSM-5 studies suggested that around 95 percent of those who received an ASD diagnosis using the old DSM-IV criteria would still receive an ASD diagnosis with the DSM-5. Autism Speaks is funding additional studies to clarify these preliminary results. (Learn more about these studies.)
At the same time, Autism Speaks is committed to ensuring that all who need autism-related treatment and services continue to receive them.
“We’re calling on individuals and families evaluated for ASD or SCD under the new criteria to share their experiences with us using the feedback form below,” says Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer, Geri Dawson. “Your stories will help us gauge the real-life effect of these changes. By working together, we can ensure that all those who need autism-related services receive them in a timely and effective manner.”