When Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey split up, the tremors were felt throughout the autism community!
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case which will decide whether families may sue pharmaceutical companies for damage caused by vaccines. The case is not specifically vaccine-related, but it has tremendous implications for many families of children with autism who belive their children were vaccine injured. As of November, the case has been heard but not yet decided.
When author John Elder Robison, an adult with Asperger syndrome, was appointed to the board of huge non-profit Autism Speaks, the community (as always) was divided.
If the physicians involved with developing the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), due out in May 2013, have their way, autism diagnoses will look very different. To begin with, the new DSM will completely get rid of the diagnosis Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Secondly, and more significantly, the new DSM will eradicate the diagnosis of Asperger syndrome.