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Autism costs '£32bn per year' in UK

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Posted in Business on 9th Jun, 2014 11:56 PM by AlexMuller

The cost of supporting someone with autism over a lifetime is much higher than previously thought. It amounts to £1.5m in the UK and $2.4m in the US for individuals with the highest needs, say UK and US experts. Autism cost the UK more than heart disease, stroke and cancer combined, said an autism charity. Only £6.60 per person is spent on autism research compared with £295 on cancer. 

 

The research looked at the costs to society of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in both the UK and US. Autism cost the UK at least £32bn a year in terms of treatment, lost earnings, and care and support for children and adults with ASD, found the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics.

 
This compared with £12bn for cancer, £8bn for heart disease and £5bn for stroke, said Autistica. The figures showed a clear need for more effective interventions to treat autism, ideally in early life, to make the best use of scarce resources, said lead researcher Prof Martin Knapp, of the London School of Economics and Political Science, in London.
 
"We need to use our resources earlier, identify people earlier and try to provide therapies and support that makes it easier to manage the condition," he told BBC News. He said new government policies were also needed to address "the enormous impact on families".

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-10
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These revelations are very important- one has to understand not only economic impact of neurological disorders such as autism but also human suffering where needs are largely unmet Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-22
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I think that yes, it's fair. As long as you have the support syetsm (emotional, social, financial) in place so that you will be able to care for both children, and provide for both of their needs which may be very different. As long as one of the kids is not neglected due to the needs of the other child, I think it could be a pretty fantastic experience for everyone involved I am an autistic and adopted only child parenting an autistic only child and I think that the one thing missing from our family is another child. If I were to adopt, I'd lean toward adopting a child with autism, as I can't imagine raising a non-autistic child or attempting to balance raising one of each (for lack of a better term). I wish we had the option to add another child to our family, but I feel like I'm strapped already (I have rheumatoid/autoimmune arthritis and spine damage). Hope this helps Let us know what you decide! Reply


 

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