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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.

May 31, 2013

HARTFORD (May 31, 2013) -- The Connecticut Legislature has sent Gov. Dannel Malloy a bill guaranteeing that anyone diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder prior to the release of the new DSM-V will not lose their benefits under the state's 2009 autism insurance reform law.

May 18, 2013

Dear friends,

At its annual meeting this weekend, the American Psychiatric Association released the long-anticipated fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Clinicians across the United States and much of the world use DSM to diagnose neuro-developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

On Saturday, May 18, the American Psychiatric Association will release the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5). The new edition introduces fundamental changes in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Don't worry, we don't expect these changes to impact people already diagnosed. 

Date: 
Mon, 2013-05-20 19:00
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Mon, 2013-05-20 20:00
May 13, 2013

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will be released by the American Psychiatric Association this weekend. The new edition introduces two fundamental changes in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. First it collapses previously distinct autism subtypes – including autistic disorder and Asperger syndrome – into one unifying diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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. 

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.