Lifetime Costs of Autism $1.4 to $2.4 Million!
By Robert Deschene, Esq., on July 19th, 2014
The organization Autism Speaks1 has announced, in an article in JAMA Pediatrics, an astonishing research study, which found that the lifetime costs of autism average $2.4 million when there is intellectual disability involved (which accounts for about 40% of all autism cases), and $1.4 million when there is not.
Estimates of the number of individuals with autism in the U.S.
are about 3.5 million, making the annual cost roughly $236 billion.
Autism s Economic Costs
The landmark study attempts to estimate total overall economic cost to the autistic person and their family over a lifetime, not merely the costs of medical treatment, education or therapy.
The costs of unemployment or underemployment among individuals with autism are very high, as is the loss of parental income due to failure to accommodate the special demands placed on families with disabilities.
Early Intervention Reduces Economic Costs
The study demonstrates that lifetime costs increase with the severity of the autism, again emphasizing the imperative of early childhood intervention to detect the disorder and offer effective support systems to the individual with autism and their families.
Special Needs Planning Crucial
From an estate planning viewpoint, the study also re-emphasizes why families of individuals with autism must engage in special planning to ensure that money is protected and preserved to meet the high lifetime costs of the disorder, and to ensure quality of life to their loved one.
DLO helps families with special needs members plan for their future financial security, for Massachusetts residents (especially Plainville, Franklin,Norton, Easton, Seekonk, North Attleborough, Rehoboth, Mansfield, Sharon, Wrentham, Attleboro, Foxboro, Canton, and Taunton) residents, and Rhode Island residents (especially Pawtucket, Warwick, Cumberland, Providence, Lincoln, Woonsocket, and Cranston).
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