Stop the process until we have a voice.
  • Petitioned APA's changes to the seperate definitions of Autism

This petition was delivered to:

American Psychiatric Assoc.
APA's changes to the seperate definitions of Autism
director of the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Fred R. Volkmar

Stop the process until we have a voice.

    1. Mike Farrington
    2. Petition by

      Mike Farrington

      Billerica, MA

The APA is attempting to recategorize those people with Asperger Syndrome and PDD-NOS under one all encompassing "Autism Spectrum Disorder" definition to supposedly stop the "Surge" in Autism. This would affect thousands of people receiving NEEDED therapies and special assistance to help them. The changes would cause the qualifying criteria to be reduced by HALF. This is a problem if your child, like mine, does not exhibit all of the generic "symptoms" that they list.A direct quote from 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 is ""The changes would narrow the diagnosis so much that it could effectively end the autism surge, We would nip it in the bud.” Basically stating that all you have to do to cure the conditions is tell these people they don't have it.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Paul Benish STERLING, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      my son has Asperger Syndrome and even though he looks and acts normal most of the time there are triggers that set him off, especially at school. He requires the special needs assistance to get him through those times and to allow him to participate in programs where the people know how to handle those types of children.

    • Hallie Spitzberg ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      We have a young man in our family with Autism. I want to do what ever I can to help him and his family. We Love him dearly

    • Nina Liakos GAITHERSBURG, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      If people have autism, or Asperger's, or some other unidentified developmental disorder, changing the diagnosis criteria will not change the challenges they face. We know too little about these conditions at present to make changes that will affect so many people, with unknown consequences.

    • Karen Hutchison GERMANTOWN, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      This proposal does nothing to benefit people with autism. The school systems and insurance companies are the only ones who will benefit -- by being able to deny needed services and care. Dr. Volkmar is misguided.

    • Phyllis Loy FT WAYNE, IN
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have an Autistic daughter and these kids need services the younger the better.


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