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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.

Parents never forget the feedback session as receiving a diagnosis of autism for their child can be a very stressful and overwhelming experience. However, while this is a difficult diagnosis to provide to a family, a well-run feedback session may also be a positive experience. The feedback session is often a crucial touchstone on the journey of having a child with a disability.

October 16, 2013

High school football player Jabari Wilson has tackled every obstacle in his path to get to where he is today. The Hilliard, Ohio student-athlete was diagnosed with autism as a young boy and since then he has worked tirelessly to pursue his dream of playing football.

Watch the NBC4 video about Jabari and his journey below.