Autism researcher bias exists and its effect, when the DSM-5 takes effect in 2013, will further the redefinition of autism as social awkwardness and the exclusion from the autism spectrum of persons with severe intellectual disabilities.
David Kupfer, M.D., chair of the DSM-5 Task Force, has stated that “the proposed ASD criteria are backed . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Researcher Bias and the Targeted Exclusion of Intellectually Disabled in the DSM-5 Autism Do-Over