The next edition of the DSM will tighten the definition of autism, focusing on "classic autism" as the model. What is driving this change in definition; medical need -or- money? What will this mean for people with less severe disability in the focus areas but who still suffer from one or more of the co-morbid disorders that are often more significant for them?
"Hundreds of thousands of people receive state-backed special services to help offset the disorders’ disabling effects, which include learning and social problems, and the diagnosis is in many ways central to their lives. Close networks of parents have bonded over common experiences with children; and the children, too, may grow to find a sense of their own identity in their struggle with the disorder."