DSM-5 Committee Member: No One Is Losing An Autism Diagnosis

According to Dr. Catherine Lord, the DSM-5 committee responded to concerns that the new diagnostic standards adopted last Saturday would strip many people of an autism diagnosis they need for services by clarifying that people who currently have diagnoses should not lose them because of the changes:

The new, streamlined definition was approved, but with language that took into account a person’s diagnostic history. “It’s explicit that anyone who’s had an Asperger’s or autism or PDD-NOS diagnosis before is now included,” said Catherine Lord, a committee member who worked on the new definition and who is director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain in New York. “Essentially everyone gets in.”