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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.

Letter 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
I just signed the following petition addressed to: APA's changes to the seperate definitions of Autism.

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Stop the process until we have a voice.

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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Sincerely,