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NEW YORK (CBS) - The definition of autism may soon be changing, according to a new report. The proposed revisions – which are “90 percent complete” – would dramatically change the current diagnostic criteria for an autism spectrum disorder, The New York Times reported, potentially re-diagnosing tens of thousands of people. The proposed changes have some experts and parents worried that lots of people who currently are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder may be left in the dark when it comes to necessary state benefits.

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