A lot of people are upset about this. Asperger's was seen, by some, as less stigmatized than autism spectrum disorder. It was a badge of pride. But all research has pointed to Asperger's just being a variety of autism, somewhere on the spectrum.
On the bright side, this should enable a lot of people to access funding and help they couldn't before.
It's official: 'Asperger's syndrome' is no longer a thing
We've seen this coming for the past two years, but the American Psychiatric Association has finally made it official: The upcoming DSM-V — the so-called bible of psychiatry — will no longer be including Asperger's syndrome as an official diagnosis. Instead, it will be subsumed within the broader definition of "autism spectrum disorder." The change is being met with mixed reactions, but some Aspies, like psychology student Joshua Muggleton, say it's an important adjustment whose time has come.
Opponents worry that the absence of Asperger's will exclude some people from being properly diagnosed. Others fear that they won't get the treatments, funding, and services that are required.
Even Muggleton, who now welcomes the change, was resistant at first. He worried that its absence would impose a big and unwanted change to his identity. But looking at the issue more closely, he decided to set his personal views aside and investigate how it is that we classify Asperger's syndrome.