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Autism's High Financial Cost — Physician’s First Watch

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June 10, 2014

Autism's High Financial Cost

By the Editors

The lifetime cost of autism spectrum disorders is much higher than previously reported, according to research in JAMA Pediatrics. In the U.S., supporting someone with autism spectrum disorders without an intellectual disability costs an average of $1.4 million over a lifespan, while the costs for someone with an intellectual disability are roughly $2.4 million.

Researchers found that most of the costs in childhood are related to special education; in adulthood, they are due to residential accommodation, medical care, and loss of productivity.

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