A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association -Pediatrics estimates that the cost of lifetime support for a person with autism is in the millions of dollars. If autism does not involve an intellectual disability, the cost is $1.4 million; with intellectual involvement, the cost balloons to $2.4 million. In childhood, the main cost is special education and therapies, and lost parental income. When the disabled child enters adulthood, non-employment and residential care are significant factors.The study's researchers conclude that there is a need for early and more effective interventions. Also, solutions must be found that would allow parents of autistic children to more easily remain in the workforce. Read a summary of the study.
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