LOS ANGELES--()--With the aid of families and clinicians, GRASP, the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership, has been leading the grassroots movement to convince the DSM-5 Committee to reconsider its changes to the criteria used to diagnose autism spectrum conditions. GRASP, with Michael John Carley as Executive Director, is the largest organization in the world of adults who themselves are diagnosed along the autism spectrum. He will be available for in-person interviews in Los Angeles February 20-24.
Due to be published in the spring of 2013, the DSM-5’s revisions would deny services and diagnosis to anywhere between 16-40 percent of those who currently qualify for a spectrum diagnosis (under the DSM-IV). These numbers represent 480,000-1,200,000 Americans who could lose their services or specialized education funding.
As the Executive Director of GRASP, Carley has spoken at conferences, hospitals, universities, and health care organizations. He has appeared in the media widely, most notably in the New York Times, Washington Post, NY Newsday, the London Times, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Chronicle of Higher Education, NEWSWEEK OnAir, ABCNews, BBC News, Psychology Today, and on radio with Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, and The Infinite Mind. NPR News also aired a 12-minute story in June of 2006 that featured he and GRASP. Carley was also featured in the documentary, "On the Spectrum." His articles have been published in almost every autism trade magazine, and his first book, Asperger's From the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger's Syndrome, was released in April, 2008. He has recently finished his second book, The Last Memoir of Asperger's Syndrome.
Until 2001, Mr. Carley was the United Nations Representative of Veterans for Peace, Inc. In that time, he was known primarily for his work in Bosnia, and in Iraq as the Project Director of the internationally acclaimed Iraq Water Project. He lives with his wife, Kathryn Herzog, and 2 sons in Brooklyn.
Along with his (then) 4-year-old older son, Carley was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in November of 2000.
You can reach Michael John Carley while he travels at email@example.com or through his cell at 646.242.4003.