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US Autism & Asperger Association

May 17, 2013

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

US Autism & Asperger Association Position on DSM-5


The release of DSM-5 will take place during the APA's 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA this weekend, May 18-22.

US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) does not support the changes of the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) replacing the subgroups of the DSM-IV-TR Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, Rett's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) with an all encompassing term, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In addition to the new ASD classification, USAAA vehemently opposes to the elimination of Asperger's Disorder (Asperger Syndrome). CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE STATEMENT.

Furthermore, Dr. Alan Frances, MD, says, "DSM is not mandatory for most clinicians unless specifically required by their institutional settings. In fact, the ICD is the only classification system approved by HIPAA - not the DSM. As such, ICD codes meet all insurer-mandated and HIPAA coding requirements".

Benefits are likely to exclude the almost 40% of individuals that are estimated not meet DSM-5 criteria.

There has been and will be much written about the new classifications in the DSM-5. But a parent of a child with autism sums it all up and says, "It is unfortunate for those with the conditions who will now fall outside the stricter diagnostic criteria."

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USAAA 2013 World Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 15-18


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These are some of the 30+ experts who have the solutions: Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished adults with autism in the world; Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, a Harvard professor who is on the cutting edge of autism research; Tim Page, DFA, a Pulitzer Prize winner and professor, who is grateful to have a diagnosis; Stephen M. Shore, EdD, a world renowned lecturer who overcame his autism challenges and is now a professor of special education; Phillip C. DeMio, MD, a father and a nationally recognized expert physician who has treated thousands of persons with ASD; Elaine Hall, a mother who is making miracles for children, teenagers, and adults.



On August 15 - 18, the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) launches its 2013 Annual World Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel and Convention Center. Over 35 of the world's most respected experts will discuss New Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy. After three days, you will leave the conference armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself.

Our speakers and panelists include physicians, behaviorists, educators, researchers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, developmental specialists, psychologists, social workers, scientists, nutritionists, siblings, teachers, self advocates, parents, education consultants, plus more. USAAA features World Premiere presentations.

Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world, will keynote the opening session on Friday morning, August 16 and there will be an exclusive special "One on One" with Temple. Dr. Grandin ranked 31st on Time Magazine's list of the most influential people of 2010 in the world. Dr. Grandin's fascinating life was brought to the screen in the HBO production full-length film, Temple Grandin, which received seven Emmy awards in 2010. Dr. Grandin works as a Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University.

Continuing education will be offered throughout the conference.

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US Autism & Asperger Association Position on the New DSM-5

The Autism Event That Will Change Your Life. Forever.

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