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Autism Speaks is pleased to provide the full-text of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the related diagnosis of social communication disorder (SCD), as they appear in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). As of May 2013, psychologists and psychiatrists will be using these criteria when evaluating individuals for these developmental disorders. For further context, please see our full DSM-5 coverage here.

Self-advocates, families and autism professionals invited to weigh in on research to explore effects of new diagnostic criteria for ASD
April 17, 2014

The National Institutes of Health is inviting input from self-advocates, family members, health professionals and scientists on research that can explore the effects of the new diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Animal study may show how experimental treatment “flips a switch” in brain; Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer urges caution
February 06, 2014

French researchers have used a rodent study to show how their experimental treatment for autism – the potent diuretic bumetanide – may flip a biochemical switch in the brain. Their report appears today in Science.

Autism journal podcast features discussion of women and ASD with researcher Judith Gould and self-advocate Robyn Stewart
January 28, 2014


In this month’s “Autism Matters” podcast, autism researcher Judith Gould and autism self-advocate and author Robyn Steward discuss issues surrounding women with autism, from current research to safety issues, as well as potential differences between men and women on the spectrum.

We are committed to helping professionals provide evidence-based practices for individuals with autism and their families.  Here you can learn about resources and tools to help you in providing services for individuals with autism.

Researchers note corrective 'rebound' in brains of children with autism; insights into adaptiveness of developing brain
September 09, 2013

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry reveals potentially important differences in the brain chemistry of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as compared to typically developing children and those with developmental delay.