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I agree they need to be kept separate. I have a son with Asperger's at UofO who is also a junior and doing well. He was diagnosed very young with PDDNOS and later "refined" to Asperger's. As a parent watching my son navigate through his life so far - people definitely react differently if you tell people Asperger's is on the Autism spectrum or not. Although extremely bright, Aspie's don't need the additional Autistic label. The general public does not understand AS or ASD enough and will discriminated against further with an Autistic label - both socially and in the work place. I believe that the American Psychiatric Association is attempting to make their diagnostic lives easier by folding the Asperger's diagnosis in to the Autistic diagnosis. The Psychiatric Association needs to "walk in the shoes" of these people and understand what they would be doing to these people socailly!
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