• Petitioned American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Development

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American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Development

Stop the Proposed Revisions to the Autism Spectrum Disorder

    1. tawnya ward
    2. Petition by

      tawnya ward

      Great Falls, MT

The proposed revisions to the Autism Spectrum Disorder would eliminate high functioning ASD patients (PDD-NOS, Aspberger's and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder) from the Autism Spectrum. Which would mean many of those who have the diagnosis of PDD-NOS,Aspberger's, High-Functioning Autism, could lose the diagnosis. Which in turn would take away the services that are provided! Like social and school services, medical services, possible SSI. As a mother to 3 children with the PDD-NOS diagnosis, the changes could mean that all the help that is needed could be cut off! Which is not the answer!

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    Reasons for signing

    • amy sabatine BRANTFORD, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Programs for children with aspergers or add or adhd or odd are needed no matter how high on the spectrum they are. As one person suggested live with them/the family for more than an hour or day and they'd realize why these programs are detrimental

    • Cherie White WILKES-BARRE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a mother of three children with high functioning ASD, I strongly oppose the changes to the DSM. All three of my boys would likely be without a medical diagnosis to explain their symptoms and medical therapeutic needs. This change provides insurance companies exactly what they have wanted - an opportunity to abandon payment for the medical needs of our children. Who is going to provide the services they need? My sons will not stop being Autistic because you change the definition. They won't stop need OT, PT, ST, SI therapy and Social Skills classes. Please think carefully about the people you are harming with this change - rather than focusing on numbers.

    • Sarah Byrd LALE WALES, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      to held the kids in need.

    • melissa kaiser COLUMBUS, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      It is already difficult enough for families to get a diagnosis in order to have services provided. My son has PDD-NOS and it took many years to find a professional that would actually take the time to listen and properly evaluate him. It took just as long to get the proper accommodations and modifications in place at school for him to be successful and it is still a work in progress. It frightens me that, with as much progress that has occurred on this subject, it will be a step backwards instead of forward. These children do not deserve bureaucracy to further impede upon their future because some do not like the "amount/numbers" that are being diagnosed. We live in a society where it would be better to call it "bad parenting skills" or chalked up to "bratty behavior" instead of addressing the actual reasons and providing the proper care......Simply because it looks better on paper!

    • Tamara Cox BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      My son has Aspergers. If he had not been considered "high functioning autism", he would not have received the accommodations and modifications necessary for success at school and, consequently, life. This allowed him to have an IEP in place. As importantly, it explained his idiosyncratic behavior...interrupting those speaking, diminished eye contact, not seeing others perspectives, staying on his own topic, misinterpreting tone-of-voice and facial contact, not wanting someone touching his shoulders, being sensitive to light, sound and texture...etc... With this label, he was at least, by the faculty and administration, more understood instead of being labeled "weird" or "naughty". Thus, he was not punished for being autistic...which does occur, especially when the label with the explaination is removed!


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