These facts do tell a story, but not the entire story of what it cost a family to raise a child with autism. It's missing the financial impact on families which can be measured in loss of income when parents cannot simultaneously hold down a full time job and care for their child.
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The biggest expenses for parents with autistic children are outside of the medical realm. But the biggest expenses were outside the medical realm. "Non-health care" services averaged $14,000 per child, and special education at school accounted for more than 60 percent of those costs.
In the United States, about one in every 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The developmental disorders vary widely in severity. Some kids have "classic" autism, speaking very little, and showing repetitive, unusual behaviors like hand flapping; they may also be intellectually impaired. Other kids have average or