A new definition of autism will be coming out in the next year. Some doctors say that it will stop the explosion of autism diagnoses. Many people diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome or PDD.NOS (pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified), would no longer be on the autistic spectrum.
The proposed changes are in the article below. My two older children meet both sets of criteria – even though they are cognitively able and very high functioning. My younger daughter does not qualify under the new criteria, which makes sense – and supports her contention that she does not have autism.
This will affect some individuals with special needs in negative ways because the autism label makes it easier to obtain needed services.