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Economic cost of autism in the UK

Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215, Romeo, Renée and Beecham, Jennifer (2009) Economic cost of autism in the UK. Autism, 13 (3). pp. 317-336. ISSN 1362-3613

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1362361309104246


Autism has lifetime consequences, with potentially a range of impacts on the health, wellbeing, social integration and quality of life of individuals and families. Many of those impacts are economic. This study estimated the costs of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the UK. Data on prevalence, level of intellectual disability and place of residence were combined with average annual costs of services and support, together with the opportunity costs of lost productivity. The costs of supporting children with ASDs were estimated to be £2.7 billion each year. For adults, these costs amount to £25 billion each year. The lifetime cost, after discounting, for someone with ASD and intellectual disability is estimated at approximately £1.23 million, and for someone with ASD without intellectual disability is approximately £0.80 million.

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Additional Information: © 2009 by The National Autistic Society, SAGE Publications
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2009 09:53
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2024 04:00

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