Proposed revisions to the newest edition of the DSM plan to exclude the terms dyslexia and dyscalculia.
In the latest round of the proposed revisions for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) by the American Psychiatric Association, "Learning Disorder has been changed to Specific Learning 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 Scientific Advisory 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 of Specific Learning Disorder in the most recent draft of the DSM-5. Therefore, the Board strongly encourages IDA members and others to sign a petition based on IDA's position statement that urgently requests the following: