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David Mandell

Lifetime Costs of Autism Average $1.4 Million to $2.4 Million

Landmark study, funded by Autism Speaks, provides crucial information for public policy and service planning across the lifespan
June 09, 2014


Research funded by Autism Speaks has provided the most comprehensive and current estimate of autism’s costs to individuals, families and society:

World Autism Awareness Day at the UN: Tackling Shared Global Challenges

April 03, 2013

Autism Speaks co-hosts UN panel on social, economic and public health challenges faced by individuals, families and societies worldwide


Ban Soon-taek, spouse of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, delivered a videotaped message to help open the World Autism Awareness Day panel discussion at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.


New Research Finds Annual Cost of Autism Has More Than Tripled to $126 Billion in the U.S. and Reached £34 Billion in the U.K.

Lifetime Care of Individuals with Autism Highest for Those with Intellectual Disability $2.3 Million U.S. and £1.5 Million U.K.

Autism Speaks announced preliminary results of new research that estimates autism costs society a staggering $126 billion per year (U.S

March 28, 2012

New York, N.Y. (March 28, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced preliminary results of new research that estimates autism costs society a staggering $126 billion per year (U.S.) – a number that has more than tripled since 2006, and annually in the U.K. has reached more than £34 billion (equivalent to $54 billion U.S.). The costs of providing care for each person with autism affected by intellectual disability through his or her lifespan are $2.3 million in the U.S.

Autism’s Costs to the Nation Reach $137 Billion a Year

April 02, 2012

New research estimates that autism’s costs to the nation have reached $137 billion per year. The figure expands on previous estimates by including indirect costs such as lost family income and productivity in addition to the direct costs of autism-associated care. For perspective, this national expense surpasses the individual gross domestic product (GDP) of 139 countries.

‘Costs of Autism’ Summit

March 20, 2012

Goldman Sachs, in collaboration with Autism Speaks and the Child Development Centre of Hong Kong, will convene an international conference, Investing in our Future: The Economic Costs of Autism, on March 31. The conference will feature leading autism experts who will exchange views and research on autism economics including how access to appropriate and timely intervention can dramatically reduce economic costs to families and society.