Changing the definition of 'autism' could end benefits for some
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Since: Jan 07
#1 Sep 4, 2013
A couple of things. Diagnosis just wont change on it's own due to the newly released DSM. A doctor would have to re-assess each person, and until they do no diagnosis will change. That said, many people as they get older their diagnosis within the spectrum does change anyway.
SSI is totally different. Those even with an autism diagnosis don't automatically get SSI. Those who do get SSI, every few years many have to be re-assessed, and loose qualification. Rarely does an SSI eval and a family doctor eval match. That also has a lot to do with Federal and State funding more so than diagnosis. Cuts are always being made regardless of the changes in the DSM.
County services are even different from all the above. It might still be so, years back in Florida the diagnosis had to be MR. Plain autism wouldn't gain services. In many counties, asperger's wouldn't qualify, either.
What will happen, as it has in the past, agencies will change their qualification standards, and or doctors will diagnose a person with what will gain the services.
On another note, clearly this adult in the article is not what many consider to be 'autism'. Although any within the spectrum do need aid, as the article stated, it has always been about who would need the aid more and where that funding goes. The new DSM is going to finally put into perspective a more accurate true 'autism' rate.
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