An expert panel is recommending changing the very definition of Autism that's currently found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the "bible" of mental health, published by the American Psychiatric Association.
It's a potentially enormous shift with an equally enormous set of consequences.
Could these proposed changes in the way the disease is diagnosed curtail an epidemic, or deny some children the services they need?
- New York Times: New Definition of Autism Will Exclude Many, Study Suggests'
- Commonhealth: Narrowing Autism Definition Will Cost More, Later
This program aired on February 7, 2012.