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ASAN Statement on CDC’s New Autism Prevalence Data

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement about the Center for Disease Control’s new Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevalence data on November 19, 2015. The latest CDC numbers reflect better understanding and diagnosis of autism. The data remains in line with studies showing that autistic people are...

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ASAN Statement on Fein Study on Autism and “Recovery”

Recently, an article argued that some Autistic children reach what they call the “optimal outcome” of moving out of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study greatly concerns ASAN, both in terms of its inherent scientific limitations and the dangerous values framework behind it. Adults who clearly met criteria for...

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ASAN Public Comment on DSM-5 ASD Criteria

Today is the last day to provide public comment to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) regarding the definition of ASD within the DSM-5, the manual used by physicians and many policymakers to define autism and other disability diagnoses. You can find information regarding how to comment on our website,...

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ASAN Policy Brief: How Will DSM-5 Impact Services?

Over the course of the last several months, a lot of questions have been raised about how upcoming changes to the DSM-5 definition of the autism spectrum will impact people’s lives. Many people are concerned that changes in the diagnostic criteria may make it more difficult for them to...

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ASAN Talking Points on DSM-5

The final public commenting period is now open for the upcoming fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which provides the diagnostic criteria for many conditions, including developmental disabilities. The proposed changes include a revised definition of autism that will combine several existing diagnostic categories...

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New York Times Article

A report on the proposed changes to the diagnostic criteria for autism and the deletion of the Asperger’s Syndrome diagnostic category included an interview with ASAN President Ari Ne’eman, who expressed hope that consolidating the Asperger’s diagnosis into a broader autism spectrum category would lead to better services....

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