IACC Issues Statement Regarding Implications of Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria for ASD

April 2, 2014

Today, on World Autism Awareness Day 2014, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), issued a statement regarding the implications of changes in the diagnostic criteria for ASD that were made in the most recent update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Of particular interest are the scientific, practice, and policy implications as DSM-5 is implemented in real-world settings, especially with respect to allocation of services.

With this statement and its list of recommendations, the IACC endeavors to support implementation of DSM-5 with appropriate caution and rigor. Using these criteria to benefit people with ASD remains the primary goal, ensuring access to interventions, services and supports that will help people on the autism spectrum optimize their health and well-being, and meaningfully participate in all aspects of community life.

The IACC press release regarding the statement is available at: http://iacc.hhs.gov/news/press_releases/2014/pr_2014_dsm5.shtml

A downloadable PDF version of the statement is available on the IACC website: www.iacc.hhs.gov/publications/2014/statement_iacc_dsm5_changes_criteria_040214.shtml