In "The new definition of autism" CBC News provides detailed descriptions of autism as represented by the five pervasive developmental disorders in the DSM-IV and the Autism Spectrum Disorder in the now published DSM5. With one major exception the article is a good summary of autism disorders pre and post DSM5. On another positive note the article expressly references ABA/IEBI as the primary evidence based intervention for autism treatment. The major exception to this otherwise balanced, thorough article is the failure to mention, while describing conditions commonly associated with autism, the substantial numbers of persons with autism who also have an intellectual disability:
"What are some of the symptoms of ASD?
- Data show a similar proportion of children with an ASD also had signs of intellectual disability than in the past, averaging 44% in 2004 and 41% in 2006.
There is no legitimate reason to ignore the large numbers of persons with autism disorders who also have intellectual disabilities. It is a relationship that should be explored and studied (La Malfa) not hidden and stigmatized.