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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Vinokurov


Have you ever heard of ICD-11?

Personally, I didn't know about ICD-11 until I began reading Dr. Temple Grandin's book "Autism and Education: The Way I See It."

ICD-11 is an international classification system for diseases, illnesses, disorders, disabilities, etc. Dr. Temple Grandin pointed this system out in her book, and I agree with this classification system in regards to their version or describing criteria of abilities and challenges when it comes to living with autism. It even includes Asperger's Syndrome, which the DSM-5 got rid of a few years ago and combined it under ASD. The DSM-5 is a useful classification system as well, but ICD-11 goes more in depth of abilities and challenges, not just all about the challenges.

This is ICD-11, for those who want to know the criteria for autism from this classification system, including about with/without intellectual disability:

  1. Autism- Both without intellectual disability and normal language (formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome)

  2. Autism- Intellectual disability with normal or near-normal language

  3. Autism- Without intellectual disability and with impaired functional language

  4. Autism Both impaired intellectual development and language

  5. Autism- Without intellectual disability and no language

  6. Autism- Intellectual disability and no language

All in all, the ICD-11 is updated with current criteria of the abilities and challenges autistic people go through in life. To learn more about the criteria for autism, go in the link here:

Do you have any thoughts and/or questions about the autism criteria from ICD-11? Share them in the comments section!

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