Stop the DSM V Autism Changes
  • Petitioned David J. Kupfer, M.D.

This petition was delivered to:

DSM-5 Task Force Chair, APA,
David J. Kupfer, M.D.

Stop the DSM V Autism Changes

    1. Laura Jones
    2. Petition by

      Laura Jones

      Pinckney, MI

The new criteria for Autism in the DSM V are incorrect and are harmful to a specific population that is both vulnerable and some without voice to advocate for themselves in this matter.  People who have Asperger's Syndrome or Pervasive Development Disorder (NOS) will be suddenly removed from their current status on the Autism Spectrum with the implementation of the new DSM V as it is proposed today.

The changes will render many children suddenly ineligible for special education IEP’s in public education and for covered treatment and care from medical professionals who are treating them today for their conditions. These children are not being treated or receiving services today that they do not need nor which are being obtained under false pretenses - they are being treated by competent and professional medical personnel who both see their deficits and needs, and see a capacity for benefit from their treatment.

The new proposed criteria remove from the DSM the complete disorder of Asperger’s Syndrome, which has a historical and relevant place, and does not further categorize it under Autism. It is part of many people’s self understanding and its removal does them a great harm.  The changes fail to provide any gain for either the other members of the Autism community or the professionals who serve it.

Further, the classification of Asperger’s and Pervasive Development Disorder by using subjective criteria which reliant on the observable current functional status of a person, as opposed to a fixed and measurable diagnostic criteria, is insufficient.  There are in existence known physical diagnostic tools which show autism as a neurological brain condition, not a subjective disorder which is phychiatric in nature. Your new definition will result in people being incorrectly diagnosed when in fact they show brain imaging to the contrary.  Your changes should not proceed. 

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    1. Reached 50 signatures
    2. Day 4, we are almost double the signatures each day! But we need your help

      Laura Jones
      Petition Organizer

      In order to reach our goal and have maximum impact with the Committee, we need to expand our reach and get more signatures. If you can ask one person more to sign, you help us out immensely. Do you belong to a group or club where you could post the link? Please let people know and we can send a strong message to the Committee that we will not be ignored and our children with Aperger's Syndrome and PDD-NOS cannot be erased.

    3. Reached 25 signatures
    4. Day 2 of our petition campaign and we are off!

      Laura Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Did you know there is also a petition from professionals in the AS community who also disagree with the new DSM V proposed changes?

    5. Reached 5 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Gabriele Mecca ODENTON, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Grandson has Asperger's Syndrome and is receiving additional help although his parents are also paying for additional services for private tutoring assistance.

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      • over 2 years ago

      I'm an autistic--Asperger's syndrome--who went through childhood not knowing how to interact with others and who also had severe bullying-related issues because of this. Aspicide (Aspergers' and accompanying social troubles including bullying) is a very *very* real trouble. *Please* put our diagnosis back in.

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    • Clare Deale POTTSVILLE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I myself have two children with Autism it was a very hard emotional road to get a diagnosis and is still extremely hard & overwhelming.I find the new DSM V to be out of touch & ignorant to what is relevant.

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    • Kenia Mosquera CYPRESS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much" H.K #Autism increased 78% in a decade. If we work together and join hands, the miracle will come next. Let's help each other. Get Signatures/Sign/RT my petition as I will do the same for yours http://www.change.org/petitions/amend-section-504

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    • Kenia Mosquera CYPRESS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much" H.K #Autism increased 78% in a decade. If we work together and join hands, the miracle will come next. Let's help each other. Get Signatures/Sign/RT my petition as I will do the same for yours http://www.change.org/petitions/amend-section-504

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