On June 15, 2012, the opportunity to comment on the proposed revisions to the (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) DSM-5 will come to an end. Revisions will impact a myriad of conditions, including Autism and Asperger Syndrome. I understand, all too well, that as a special needs parent it may be challenging to take time out of your already overtaxed schedule to write a comment, but I implore you to do so. Your comment does not need to be long. Draw from your personal experience. If a thought or idea occurs to you while your involved in another task, jot it down on a note pad or in your phone (if it is safe to do so), and repeat that process as you have thoughts throughout your daily routine. Then once your child is in bed, collect your notes, type them up and send your comment off.
You may be wondering why you should do this, after all your plate is all ready full. Simple, all our plates are full, and if we chose to let this opportunity slide by, it will impact the ability of someone’s child (possibly yours) from getting assistance. Changes in criteria for numerous conditions could also affect the amount of funding available for research, because arbitrary changes in the definition of conditions, like Autism, could artificially decrease the prevalence of said condition. Thus, making it appear to be a less urgent condition to research. Reportedly, studies indicate that 25-65% of those currently with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis could be disqualified from an ASD diagnosis should these changes be enacted.
I am not here to tell you what your opinion should be or what to write. I just urge you do a little research into the changes to the condition(s) that impact your loved ones. Then make your voice heard.