On February 18th 2012 Asperger Syndrome Support Network Victoria (ASSN) hosted a party to celebrate 21 years of providing support and information services to the Victorian Asperger community. International Aspergers Day was chosen to honour Dr Hans Asperger's birthday, the Austrian paediatrician who first described the syndrome in 1944.
ASSN Vic patron, clinical psychologist and ASD specialist Dr Richard Eisenmajer gave a brief talk on the history of Asperger Syndrome, and likely changes the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will bring. Due for release in May 2013 DSM 5 is expected to subsume Asperger's Disorder within the Autism Spectrum, meaning it will no longer exist as a diagnosis in its own right. Instead a person who would currently be diagnosed as having Asperger Syndrome will receive a diagnosis of 'Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger type' with a rating of mild, moderate or severe.
An recent article at USA Today News discusses various viewpoints on what this change will bring - here
The American Psychiatric Society has responded to recent criticism and explained their aims regarding Aspergers and autism via their latest news release:
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