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April 23, 2008

A lot of people, myself included, use the terms Asperger’s autism and Asperger’s autistic. I see that term as a good compromise because of clarity (given that the designation “Asperger’s syndrome” has become so common) and in order to express solidarity and inclusiveness with other autistics, i.e., to avoid the appearance of elitism.

Of course, no one knows for sure what terms will be used in the DSM-V and the ICD-11. However, some writers have speculated that the term “Asperger’s” (and possibly PDD-NOS and its ICD-10 equivalent) might even be dropped from both nosologies. Instead, the term “autism spectrum disorder” may be introduced, and individual cases would be distinguished in terms of dimensions.

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