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Economic cost of autism in the UK

Knapp, Martin, 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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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://aut.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2009 by The National Autistic Society, SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2009 09:53
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25436/

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