Annual Cost of Autism
The research found that non-medical costs account for the greatest proportion
of expenses. While direct medical costs, such as outpatient care, home care, and
pharmacy, contribute significantly to overall expenses, non-medical costs, including
intervention services and special education, child daycare, and especially residential
placements and care for adults who age out of school and can no longer live at home
with parents account for the largest proportion of autism costs.
As confirmed by this study, the majority of costs related to autism are incurred during
adulthood, principally due to the cost of residential care as well as loss of productivity,
underemployment and unemployment among adults with autism. Services for adults are both
lacking and expensive.
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