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The New DSM-5 Definition Of Autism And Its Impact On Services


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Effective with the release of DSM-5 in May 2013, we will change the way we describe autism-related disabilities to the singular “Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Clients will no longer be diagnosed as having “autism” versus “PDD-NOS” or “Asperger Syndrome,” as all of these different classifications will officially go away. Individuals with ASD will be referred to as having one of three severity levels.

If the diagnostic codes numbers change, the obligation of government agency services approved to provide educational, social, medical and therapeutic services should remain unchanged.

If the government chooses to require people to obtain a new diagnosis to suit the new DSM, it should be the government agencies’ responsibility to pay for the same, and allow them to continue services until it is obtained and they are eligible under the new diagnosis.

Joshua Weinstein has been an educator and administrator for over four decades. He holds a Ph.D., two Masters Degrees in Educational Administration and Supervision and an MBA in Executive Administration. He has been the CEO in healthcare, social services, and business corporations. He’s the president and founder of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, Tishma for children with autism in Jerusalem and ICare4Autism- International Center for Autism Research & Education- a global leader in autism research & education. He can be reached via email at jweinstein@skhov.org.

About the Author: Joshua Weinstein has been an educator and administrator for over four decades. He holds a Ph.D., two Masters Degrees in Educational Administration and Supervision and an MBA in Executive Administration. He has been the CEO in healthcare, social services, and business corporations. He’s the president and founder of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, Tishma for children with autism in Jerusalem and ICare4Autism- International Center for Autism Research & Education- a global leader in autism research & education. He can be reached via email at jweinstein@skhov.org.


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8 Responses to “The New DSM-5 Definition Of Autism And Its Impact On Services”

  1. Becca Bev says:

    Happy to see this change in the DSM-5

  2. Anne Dachel says:

    On August 18, 2012, the Jerusalem Post had a story about the ICare4Autism international conference there. HERE http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=281741
    One of the keynote speakers, Dr. Stephen Shore, talked about the changes that are planned for how autism is diagnosed in America and elsewhere. There was some surprising information.
    “The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) will soon appear in a fifth edition and include new definitions for autism. “It will be autism spectrum, a continuum with a rating of one to three based on behavior. There will no longer be Asperger’s or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) in the fifth edition. …
    “Some health insurance firms are behind the restructuring of the DSM V definitions, he maintained.”.
    Insurance companies are putting pressure on U.S. medical organizations? It’s not surprising to read this as more and more states are mandating insurance coverage for autism therapies. If kids suddenly WEREN’T AUTISTIC ANYMORE, they wouldn’t qualify for services. Insurance companies stand to be the biggest beneficiaries of the DSM changes.
    What kind of future will there be for children with autism when they are adults when experts are so willing to cast them aside?
    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism.

  3. Teruo Mshima says:

    Thank you for this NEWS.

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