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Lifetime Financial Cost of Autism in Millions

By Shana R. Spindler, Ph.D. on June 10, 2014
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Background: The financial cost associated with autism therapy, lost time at work, and medical bills are significant. One study quantified this cost.


What's new: The lifetime cost of supporting someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ranges from 1.4 to over 2 million dollars, according to a new study by United States and United Kingdom researchers. The team reviewed online research literature using keywords associated with autism and financial costs. Special education programs and parental productivity loss contributed the most to cost during childhood, while supported living accommodations and individual productivity loss contributed to high costs during adulthood.


Why it's important: The study highlights the critical need for cost-effective interventions and policies that take into account the financial impact of ASD on families.

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