The staff and Board of Directors of the Asperger's Association of New England (AANE) would like to reassure our community that we will still be here to serve you despite the changes that may ensue from the recent publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) by the American Psychiatric Association.
In the DSM-5, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a new diagnostic category, includes all forms of autism, including Asperger Syndrome. It is possible that some people who might have received the AS diagnosis will get a diagnosis of Social Communication Disorder (or Pragmatic Language Disorder), which is not considered a form of autism.
At present, no one can predict the impact the new terminology in the DSM-5 will have on the lives of people living with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions. At AANE, we intend to keep in close contact with our community to learn what diagnoses children, teens, and adults are receiving under the DSM-5, and how these diagnoses are affecting access to information, support, educational services and medical insurance. Please send your stories to . We will provide guidance around any issues that arise, and, as always, we intend to be a voice for the community of people with AS and related conditions.
As the Asperger's Association of New England, regardless of your diagnosis or label, we will continue to provide a gathering place where members of the Asperger's community can connect to one another. The support, training, referrals, groups, on-line communities and education we provide will be ongoing.
We invite you to continue the journey together.