Nightly News   |  January 19, 2012

Redefining autism

A new definition of the developmental disorder will narrow the set of problems now referred to as ‘austism.’ NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> a possible change in the definition of autism and one top expert says the change could, quote, make these autism epidemic go away. the new definition under consideration by american psychiatrists first reported by "the new york times" will not change how many children are born with the problems now labeled collectively as autism, but it will vastly narrow the set of problems now called autism. many experts are predicting that the changes, if they go into effect, will lead to big battles over which children are entitled to special education and other benefits.