• Petitioned DSM-5 Committee

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DSM-5 Committee

Include Dyslexia as a Specific Diagnosis in the DSM-5 Manual

    1. Petition by

      Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

We find inconceivable that DSM 5 is on the verge of removing dyslexia as a diagnosis. Such an ill-conceived move flies in the face of federal disability laws, and scientific, including neurobiological evidence of the validity of dyslexia. Dyslexia fits a medical model of a disorder and has been known since 1896 and is recognized world-wide as the most common neuropsychiatric disorder. To remove it will disenfranchise those millions of affected children and adults and prevent practicing psychiatrists and other physicians from the ability to diagnose this well-described and well-validated clinical entity. We urge you to make sure that dyslexia is included as a specific diagnosis in DSM 5 and not do harm to individuals who are dyslexic or to the field of psychiatry.

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    1. Reached 10,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ann Rowe, PhD. COLLEGE PARK, MD
      • 9 months ago

      I am a psychologist who evaluates children and adults for learning disabilities. I am very upset with the changes in child diagnoses in DSM-5

    • Kathryn Cumming HOLLISTON, MA
      • 9 months ago

      My son has dyslexia and he struggles everyday with learning and managing the emotional toil that inevitabily comes with it.

    • Mary Burris LAWRENCE, MA
      • 9 months ago

      My son is Dyslexic. I have spent thousands of my own money to teach him to read. I could only get him a 504 plan, that took me years to get. He still is not entitled to sevices, so I still send him to a privite tutor, costing me $200.00 a month.

    • Gary Bechtold CAMBRIDGE, MA
      • 10 months ago

      My daughter received SPED services from second through 8th grade for dyslexia. Without that support I believe she would not have progressed to the point where now, in her freshman year of HS, she has finally tested, and academically progressed, out of SPED. services.

    • Gerson Lopez LYNN, MA
      • 10 months ago

      I like to help children


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