Stop the Change In Definition of Autism for Those On The Spectrum!!
  • Petitioned American Psychiatric Association

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American Psychiatric Association

Stop the Change In Definition of Autism for Those On The Spectrum!!

    1. Matthew Tarpley
    2. Petition by

      Matthew Tarpley

      McDonough, GA

Because I am on the spectrum myself, and I don't want anyone to fall through the cracks and not get the help they need!! And this change would do just that. Making it a broad diagnosis would hinder, not help, individuals that are on the spectrum who may still have not received an official diagnosis. The APA is attempting to cut out especially the definitions of Aspergers Syndrome and PDD (Pervasive Development Disorder) from the next DSM manual, and that will shut out those who are on the spectrum that have these disorders. Let's stand up against the APA and put a stop to this!!! Thank you. :)

Recent signatures

    News

    1. DSM-5 Update: A Poor, Poor Descent into Pettiness

      Matthew Tarpley
      Petition Organizer

      I want to personally thank everyone who continues to support this cause! I found this from grasp.org's Facebook page, this sheds even MORE light on what the APA is up to, which is up to no good, I say. When you get a chance, read it! Continue to spread the word about this petition. Thanks again everyone!! :)

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Very Important DSM-5 Update

      Matthew Tarpley
      Petition Organizer

      To let them know more about what is going on with this change that the APA proposes to make!!

    4. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Nancy Sheppard VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      My son has PDD-NOS and anyone who takes the time to understand children on the Autism spectrum know that "Autism Spectrum Disorder" is a blanket statement covering such a wide array of symptoms.

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    • Jonathan DaSilva NEW BEDFORD, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have Aspergers

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    • Lauren D.J.L CLEARFIELD, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Six of my dearest friends have asperger's, and the help has been tremendous for them. I don't want to see them lose that.

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    • Cynthia Brady SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I have a child on the spectrum.. and I am signing this because of him.

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    • Don Mansfield SEVIERVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I have Asperger's Syndrome myself.

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