AUCD Opposes a Proposed Revision to the DSM-5's Entry for ID August 1, 2019 DOWNLOAD APA DSM5 IDD.pdf (99KB) [download] AUCD submitted comments to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) strongly opposing a proposed change to the DSM-5 concerning the diagnostic criteria for intellectual disability (ID). The DSM-5 is a guide for doctors to diagnosis people with a disability. In an attempt to clarify the current criteria for ID, the proposed revision creates greater concern around the understanding of intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. It says – incorrectly – that adaptive functioning is a cause of intellectual functioning. We proposed a change to the DSM-5 that will direct clinicians more clearly in the diagnosis of intellectual disability which could positively impact eligibility for supports and services. If changed, it may result in a population of people underdiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or undiagnosed hindering their ability to access services that m
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