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US Autism & Asperger Association
May 11, 2012

Welcome to USAAA WeeklyNews, an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger's Syndrome.


Losing Your Autism, Asperger or PDD-NOS Diagnosis

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legalThe American Psychiatric Association (APA) is offering the opportunity for you to "submit comments on the draft fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This commenting period marks the third and final time DSM-5 draft criteria will be available for your feedback. Following this period the site will remain viewable with the draft proposals until DSM-5's publication." (PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGES HAVE RECENTLY BEEN MADE TO THE DRAFT, BUT NOT FOR THE CURRENT PROPOSED A 09 AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER CATEGORY). YOUR INPUT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. CHANGES DO HAPPEN WITH YOUR INPUT.

Voice your opinion to the APA NOW. There are only 5 weeks left to comment on the proposed changes.

You must register to comment online!

You can also send an email to:
dsm5@psych.org
or call 1-888-357-7924

The current DSM-5 proposal is to eliminate Autistic Disorder, Rett's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. The proposed DSM-5 classification is A 09 Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The DSM-5 Draft Criteria is now open for final public comment, through June 15, 2012. You have the opportunity to voice your opinion of the proposed DSM-5 changes to the APA now through June 15th. You must register to comment online. Comments may also be sent to the following email: dsm5@psych.org or call 1-888-357-7924.

*McPartland J C, Sensitivity and Specificity of Proposed DSV-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder, JAACAP, Vol 51 No 4 Apr 2012


The potential impact of proposed DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Sensitivity and Specificity of Proposed DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder
by James C. McPartland, Ph.D., Brian Reichow, Ph.D., Fred R. Volkmar, M.D.

Objective: This study evaluated the potential impact of proposed DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).*

Conclusions: Proposed DSM-5 criteria could substantially alter the composition of the autism spectrum.*

"DSM-IV Asperger's has four problems listed in its 'A' criterion and Only Two Of Four are required. So DSM 5 requires a 100% hit rate for A criteria problems; while DSM IV requires only 50%. The rates of Asperger's should drop precipitously under DSM 5 rules."
Dr. Allen Frances, MD, Professor Emeritus, Duke University, Chair of the DSM-IV

Individuals clinically diagnosed with autistic disorder were more likely to pass the DSM-5 diagnostic threshold than those with Asperger's disorder or PDD-NOS (75.8%, 25.0%, and 28.3%, respectively)**

According to the proposed criteria, cognitively able individuals and those with ASDs other than autistic disorder would be less likely to receive a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The proposed change to a spectrum approximates a diagnostic construct closer to classic autism.**

  • Research Derailed:
  • Potential for historical data to become irrelevant, as well as negative impact to consistency of meaningful data in future;
  • Negative impact to phenotyping of ASD, particularly where environmental triggers are concerned;
  • Lack of urgency to conduct research resulting from drop in prevalence;
  • Fewer research dollars assigned to prevent and treat ASDs;
  • Less research to translate into treatment.
  • Special Ed Services could be indirectly impacted

Voice your opinion to the APA NOW. There are only 5 weeks left to comment on the proposed changes. You must register to comment online!

*Sensitivity and Specificity of Proposed DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder Abstract

**McPartland J C, Sensitivity and Specificity of Proposed DSV-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder, JAACAP, Vol 51 No 4 Apr 2012


USAAA 2012 World Conference
Denver, CO, Sept. 6-9

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The US Autism & Asperger Association 7th Annual World Conference & Expo headquarters are at the Crowne Plaza International Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, September 6-9, 2012. This is the first time USAAA has returned to the Denver area since the 2nd annual conference in 2007 where over 800 people attended. Hotel Reservations.

World leading Autism and Asperger experts, including Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Martha Herbert, discuss new research, treatment modalities, resources and avenues for advocacy. Topics include medical/biomedical, educational, behavioral and developmental evidence-based interventions. There will be a special event with Dr. Grandin that has never been presented at any conference.
Learn more about the topics and schedule.

USAAA is introducing: Emergencies, Surgeries, and Anesthesia: Inside the Hospital From ER to Overnight Stays. There will be a special cooking and nutrition session. USAAA introduces new sessions for educators and professionals: "Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism Interventions in the Schools and in the Community". Over 8 of the 17 hours are dedicated to Medical and Biomedical Treatment Modalities and Research.
Learn more about the schedule
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The following is partial list of our presenters (Speaker Bios): Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - Keynote
Temple Grandin, PhD** - Keynote
Phillip C. DeMio, MD*
Alex Doman
Richard E. Fyre, MD, PhD
Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA*
Jacqueline F. Gauthier*
Debby Hamilton, MD, MSPH
Lynn Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
Rebecca E. Hutchins, OD, FCOVD
Valerie Hu, PhD*
Sharon Jones, ABD, CCC-SLP
Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD*
Raun K. Kaufman**
Patricia Lemer, MEd, NCC
Aaron Likens**
Michael P. McManmon, EdD**
Ron Minson, MD
Tim Page** *
James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA
Eric Peacock, MBA*
Robert E. Rada, DDS
William Shaw, PhD
Stephen Shore, EdD**
Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Theresa Wrangham*

*Parent or family member of an individual affected by autism
**As a child or as an adult, diagnosed with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome

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