What is meant by U.S. Annual Economic Cost?
The economic cost is primarily the additional cost of education and medical expenses in caring for individuals with autism. This cost is calculated as the amount above and beyond the cost associated with those without the disorder. This economic cost is a huge burden to parents and society. For example, the annual cost of education for a typical child is around $10,000, while the annual cost of education of a child with autism is estimated above $40,000. Typically a child with autism requires specialized medical treatment, which is an additional expense. Therefore, $40,000 per child with autism is an under estimate. Some parents report spending $65,000 or more per year.