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  1. Liz says:

    I am sorry that this has left you so upset. There certainly doesn’t appear to be any problem with your language skills. However I am a bit puzzled because I thought they were stopping diagnosing people as having Asperger’s and just calling it all autism. I am also puzzled that there should be anger towards one group from another, as everyone has enough to deal with already. I hope you find a solution to this that you can live with.

  2. Robyn says:

    Perhaps it is different here in Australia, but we have been moving towards “Autism Spectrum Disorder” and away from any of the other labels, as it makes things more flexible. In education it means that we are free to tailor stuff to the individual, and to recognise that everyone is an individual and should be treated as such.
    Hope your change of season days are beautiful!

  3. Hi Liz,
    Your exact diagnosis will depend which diagnostic manual is being used. If the clinicians are using the DSM-5, it is true that they are no longer be able to give a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. In the DSM-5, the sub-types of autism have been amalgamated into ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ (although there are 3 levels of symptom severity, depending on the intensity of support needed). Some parts of the world are using the ICD-10 which does still have Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism as separate diagnoses.

    I was diagnosed using the ICD-10 in November 2016. The ICD-10 is due to be updated to the ICD-11 some time in 2018 and as far as I’m aware, it will follow the DSM-5 in that it will also combine the various types of autism into one condition, but until then you can still be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

    The attitude of some people is puzzling. The vast majority of the people I meet online are lovely, but I’ve had a few run-ins with people who seem to believe that those diagnosed with ‘Asperger’s’ are somehow better, more sparkly and more shiny than those diagnosed with ‘Autism’. I wouldn’t call it anger so much as prejudice, ignorance and an ‘us-and-them’ attitude. I don’t understand it either 🙂

  4. Hi Robyn,
    We’re still using the ICD-10 in the UK, which does distinguish between Asperger’s and Autism, although I believe that this will change when the ICD-11 eventually comes out (believed to be due in 2018). I’m looking forward to this day 🙂 Best Wishes, Cat

  5. Scott says:

    Re: “I’ve experienced quite a bit of prejudice from within the online ASD community when I mention that my diagnosis is actually ‘Autism’.”
    The online autism community is a bigger, and worse, pack of hypocrites than the church people are: all the while the community is pushing for acceptance from neurotypicals for not fitting the popular neurotypical model, it rips apart those within it who do not fit its own presently popular model.

  6. Hi Scott,
    There are certainly elements within the online autism community who exhibit these traits, although I do have to say that the majority of the people I’ve met online have been reasonably pleasant. I’ve tried to confront some of these prejudices, but without much success.

    If you haven’t already read it, you may be interested in my article “Autism v Asperger’s”


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