The following is from the Autism Research Institute (ARI) requesting signature for a petition to add an ICD-9 diagnostic code for wandering behavior, which is a concern for many parents of children with autism.
Among many things, such a diagnostic code will likely lead to:
- Greater awareness of wandering behavior by physicians, emergency search-and-rescue teams, other health-care workers, caregivers, and educators
- The creation and distribution of prevention and advice materials
- More research on this problem and ways to prevent it.
The National Autism Association has spearheaded a national effort to establish an ICD-9-CM diagnostic code for wandering behavior. Please take a moment to complete the online petition.
Steve Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute