Petition Closed
Petitioning DSM-5 Committee

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


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.

Letter to
DSM-5 Committee
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.