Sign IDA's Petition on Proposed DSM-5 Criteria for Learning Disabilities

In the latest round of theproposedrevisions fortheDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) by the AmericanPsychiatricAssociation, "Learning Disorder has been changed toSpecificLearning Disorder and the previous types of Learning Disorder (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Disorder of Written Expression) no longer are being recommended." (See May 2012 issue of the eXaminer for further information.)

The Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) on May 29, 2012 approved the IDA ScientificAdvisory Board position statement, "Diagnosis and Treatment of Dyslexia: Comments on Proposed DSM-5 Criteria for Learning Disabilities (Disorders)." This position statement reflects the great concern of our members regarding the deletion of the term dyslexia under the diagnostic category ofSpecificLearningDisorder in the most recentdraftof the DSM-5. Therefore, the Board strongly encourages IDA members andothersto sign a petition based on IDA's position statement that urgently requests the following:

a) reinstatement of the term dyslexia as the appropriate name forphonologically-based, development readingdisabilitiesthat are manifested as unexpected difficulties with word recognition, spelling, language comprehension, and reading fluency;

b) and inclusion of thedefinition,diagnosticcriteria, description information, and affirmation of known treatmentprotocolsfor this developmental reading disorder.

Deadline to sign the petition is June 15th!

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  • Gary Wayt My wife has dyslexia and it is extremely hard for her to read and understand what what she just read. She is a college student now and doing her homework is hard enough and takes three times as long for her

  • rebecca foster Please reinstate the term "dyslexia" in the DSM V to insure that dyslexic individuals are properly diagnosed and eligible for appropriate interventions and accommodations.

  • Kristyn Williams In such support of this being the parent of a child with Dyslexia an an advocate for other families and needing supports and resources for their children.

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