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Singer believes that the changing numbers are a result of broadening the criteria for who is included under an ASD diagnosis.
“We have come to think of ASD as people with [only] social deficits,” says Singer.
“Anyone who has a valid diagnosis of ASD [autism-spectrum disorder] now should not have to get a rediagnosis,” she said.A New Definition of Autism Could Exclude Many Now Diagnosed, Expert Says|Casey Schwartz|January 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The presence of these projects coincides with a sharp increase in occurrences and diagnoses of ASD cases in the U.S.
But for the millions of teens and young adults with an ASD, is it a missed opportunity to present a valuable role model?