One argument I have seen used against those with Aspergers Syndrome (who are spearheading strongly against the proposed changes) is that those with Aspergers are against change and their reaction is nothing more than the expression of their discomfort. One doctor was quoted as saying she was "sorry" that she offended those with Aspergers who are against the changes. This same article stated that those who are against these changes feel that their identity is threatened but the changes did "make scientific sense."
It is true that those with Aspergers Syndrome, and autism in general, are uncomfortable with change, more so than those off the spectrum. This is a well know trait that we have, my self included. After my post last night, I wanted to take a step back and look at this differently.
I want to make clear that the only objection I have against this change in diagnosis is the denial of necessary services to those who may not meet the new criteria but still need some help. If those who are on the milder end of the spectrum still receive the services they would have other wise received under the previous diagnosis requirements, then I have no objection to these changes. If these changes make things easier/better for those whose lives are impacted by the spectrum, then by all means, implement the changes.
To read the MSNBC article referenced in this blog post, click the following link: