No longer an Aspie?

In the New York Times an article entitled, "I had Asperger Syndrome. Briefly." asserts that the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder should be narrowed. I agree.

The proposed change to the DSM V diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder includes, "Symptoms together limit and impair everyday functioning." I hope this clause will separate out from the rest of those with ASD the group of people currently diagnosed who assert that the only thing wrong with  having ASD is how other people treat them. If a person is fine with the way life is working, then why seek a diagnosis? Or try and keep the label while at the same time advocating that supports are not needed, just understanding? Requiring support is part of the new criteria.

Autism is a diagnosis, not an identity.

Good for the author for moving on to explore his potential.

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