Lifetime cost to support a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may soon cross the $2.4 million mark in the United States, a new study finds.
The findings were made by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They found that lifetime cost to support a person with ASD and any intellectual disability reaches $2.4 million in the United States and $2.2 million in the United Kingdom. The lifetime cost to support a person with ASD but no intellectual disabilities is about $1.4 million in both the countries.
“We sought to look at the overall economic affect of ASDs, not just the cost of caring for this population, but also the costs of individual and parental productivity loss across both the U.S. and the U.K.,” said senior author David Mandell in a news statement. “We also separated out those with intellectual disabilities (ID), as the presence of ID may significantly influence costs.” Continue reading