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What is aspergers and autism classified as. is it a disability or not classed as anything ?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
DSM childhood group: In the dsm (diagnostic statistical manual) catalogue of disorders, they are both part of a group called pervasive developmental disorders. It includes autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (pdd-nos). This is separate from obtaining financial support for having a disability - it would be likely, but not guaranteed that benefits could be obtained.
Dr. Raju Indukuri
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Disability: Asperger's is a milder form of autism and is not a disabling condition most of the time.
Dr. Travis Hansen
Child Psychiatry 21 years experience
It is a 'disorder'.: The diagnostic and statistic manual - 5 was recently published changing the way we classify asperger's and autism. The diagnoses now fall under the heading of 'autism spectrum disorder'. By definition the symptoms related to an autism spectrum disorder cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is a categorical diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder. A Chromosomal Microarray may reveal the etiology or cause of your ASD. Neuropsychological testing may reveal that you have a functional disability from your core symptoms of ASD &/or from comorbid psychiatric disorders, making you eligible for SSI & Medicaid funding & Vocational Rehabilitation services. Discuss with your Dr.

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