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May 25, 2012

SPRINGFIELD (May 25, 2012)-- The Illinois Senate and House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill amending the state's 2008 autism insurance reform law by assuring that any individual already diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder would not lose benefits as a result of any changes adopted in the upcoming 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

May 2nd through June 15th, 2012
May 23, 2012

The American Psychiatric Associate and the members of the DSM-5 Task Force and Work Groups have opened up public comment on the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). For the next six weeks, commenting and feedback to the current draft of the DMS-5 is open to the public. 

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Autism Speaks announced the award of new research grants totaling $1.1 million in funding to support high priority studies. “Suzanne an

March 14, 2012

New York, N.Y. (March 26, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the award of new research grants totaling $1.1 million in funding to support high priority studies. “Suzanne and I are extraordinarily proud of Autism Speaks’ continued funding for novel research projects which have tremendous potential to open new avenues to understanding autism,” said Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright.

February 2, 2012

Autism Speaks is concerned that planned revisions to the definition of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may restrict diagnoses in ways that may deny vital medical treatments and social services to some people on the autism spectrum. These revisions concern the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), scheduled for publication in spring 2013.

Editor’s note: In this blog, Wills and Monica share their feelings about the possibility that planned revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will cause him to “lose his diagnosis” of autism.