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Study: Lifetime Costs For Autism Care Could Cost More Than $2M

Christine Gianadda, of Dallas, holds a sign and her son, Gordon, 8, who has Asperger syndrome, as they participate in a demonstration outside a hotel in Richardson, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Christine Gianadda, of Dallas, holds a sign and her son, Gordon, 8, who has Asperger syndrome, as they participate in a demonstration outside a hotel in Richardson, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(IB Times) – Ever wondered how much it costs someone to provide care for an individual with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, over the person’s lifetime? According to a new study, that number could be over $2 million dollars.

The study conducted by Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization in the U.S., said that people can expect to spend between $1.4 million and $2.4 million to support a person with autism in the U.S. and the UK.

“These costs are much higher than previously suggested,” the researchers said. “There is also an urgent need for a better understanding of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions and support arrangements that address the needs and respond to the preferences of individuals with ASDs and their families.”

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