A new study calculated the lifetime cost of supporting an individual on the autism spectrum ranges from $1.4 million to $2.4 million in the U.S.
According to the study published online in JAMA Pediatrics, much of the costs associated with autism go toward childhood special education, specialized medical care, and loss of productivity for adult family members.
The study said the cost of supporting someone with an autism spectrum disorder plus intellectual disability is $2.4 million.
It estimated the cost of supporting someone with an autism with no intellectual disability is $1.4 million.
The results of the study “represent the most comprehensive estimates to date of the financial costs” of autism in the United States and are much higher than previously suggested, the study authors wrote.