The New York Times has what sounds like a bombshell story on autism: The American Psychiatric Association is poised to narrow the definition of the disorder so far fewer people would be considered autistic. The kicker quote from the Yale author of an analysis on the subject: “The proposed changes would put an end to the autism epidemic. We would nip it in the bud—think of it that way.” (Another expert quoted thinks he’s overstating the case.) If the changes go through, however, they could make it harder for people who fall short of the new qualifications to get treatment.
Source: http://www.newser.com/story/137877/no-more-epidemic-autism-definition-may-change.html and The New York Times, 19th January 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/health/research/new-autism-definition-would-exclude-many-study-suggests.html?_r=1&hp